Californian Conflict: Understanding How Trump Could Impact the Golden State

The state’s congress fights against the first all Republican government in 8+ years

Zack Hage, Entertainment Editor

Undergoing one of it’s most liberal phases during 2016, California is now in an awkward and tough spot after the influence of Trump’s election.

Representatives are worried at how hard, ambitious, and expensive their pushback can be. One such instance includes Governor Jerry Brown’s call for California to launch its own satellites if Trump’s anti climate change policies cause him to turn them off. California may have the support, but there’s no record on how and if this could set the state back economically.

However, there is proof that such a stand could be rejected federally, under the right jurisdictions. Pablo Aguilera, a Government Teacher at Woodside High School, clarified and elaborated on what these grounds mean, and the loopholes that exist within them. “Some of this isn’t outlined in the Constitution, so the question is how it could be enforced, implemented, and interpreted.”

Even without these rules, there is still a platform for California to succeed on some laws. The state’s administration isn’t divided like that of a swing state, so pushback is far more severe. The state is willing to go to court, and the LAPD is even unwilling to usher in the President Elect’s immigration policies. David Beck, the Police Chief, outlined these rival stances a mere four days after Trump’s election  “We are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody’s immigration status. That is not our job, nor will I make it our job.”

In terms of political stubbornness, Californians who have managed to immigrate before the election carry the sentiment that most from the state do, but just with a broader brush. One such example is Gianna Mayo, who began to live in Italy a year before the election began. “What I thought about Trump is that he could do a lot of damage, not just to California, but to the whole world.”

California is also willing to retaliate against Trump administrative policies for numerous minorities, but some citizens have advice for more respectable means of communication. Woodside High School sophomore and president of the school’s Gay Straight Alliance Danny Whiting stated that California should fight back, but also work together in some forms, so general progress is no longer at a standstill.

“He is going to be our president for at least the next four years, so we must work for a better tomorrow.”