Gov. Jerry Brown: President Donald J. Trump Is ‘Going to War Against California’

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California Governor Jerry Brown was incensed after the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against three laws in the state that seek to keep ICE from doing their job. He complained that the Trump administration “is basically going to war against the state of California.” He took direct aim at both President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the action.

Sessions is targeting California’s sanctuary laws just as he said he would. The lawsuit focuses on three laws in particular: the Immigrant Worker Protection Act (HB 450), the Inspection and Review of Facilities Housing Federal Detainees law (AB 103); and the California Values Act (SB 54). The Trump administration argues that California’s laws are unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause, which states that federal law “shall be the supreme Law of the Land.”

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Jeff Sessions appeared in Sacramento to give a speech in front of the California Peace Officers Association, who oppose SB 54. In an ironic twist, Sessions compared California’s resistance to federal immigration law to the efforts of the Old South and the Confederacy to resist the Union. It is an apt comparison and wholly appropriate given the circumstances. “There is no nullification. There is no secession. Federal law is ‘the supreme law of the land.’ I would invite any doubters to Gettysburg, and to the graves of John C. Calhoun and Abraham Lincoln,” Sessions said. Very well put.

This caused Jerry Brown to fly into an absolute rage. “This is really unprecedented for the chief law enforcement officer of the United States to come out to California and act more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer. This is a political stunt,” he told reporters, as quoted by The Hill. I disagree. Sessions is deadly serious here, just as President Trump is. California is hiding behind the Tenth Amendment and deliberately misinterpreting it so they don’t have to follow constitutional and federal law here. Trump is threatening to pull ICE out of the state. We should go even further and cut off all funding and pull all federal agencies out of the state. We should also criminally prosecute those who violate federal law. If that doesn’t work, DC should take control of California.

The Obama administration, through Attorney General Eric Holder, challenged an Arizona immigration law on similar grounds to those that Sessions is using to confront California. They prevailed at the Supreme Court and so will Trump and Sessions. The groundwork is being laid here to take major action against California, just as they should. The United States cannot afford to allow a rogue state to pull the rest of the country down with it because they insist on unworkable Marxist policies being implemented.

Even though Obama and the left had previously taken the opposite stance, Brown warned: “This is basically going to war against the state of California, the engine of the American economy. It’s not wise, it’s not right, and it will not stand.” I believe Brown could not be any more wrong than he is on this and that’s saying something. If he pokes this badger, he may find that California experiences what few states in the union have… direct federal intervention.

Brown took an additional swipe at the Trump administration and it was nasty. “We know the Trump administration is full of liars. They’ve pled guilty already to the special counsel.” This is patently untrue. And although similar accusations can certainly be made against Obama’s administration, nothing like this was ever said during that time. If Brown wants a declared war with Trump, he’s doing an excellent job of it.


Parroting California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Brown viciously attacked Sessions’ own Southern origins, saying that the Golden State did not need “a fellow from Alabama coming to talk to us about secession and protecting human and civil rights.” He also accused Sessions of conducting a “reign of terror.” Sessions is not a racist and never has been. As for a “reign of terror,” these consequences are self-imposed for deliberatly violating federal law. US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who represents the “sanctuary city” of San Francisco, chimed in as well, accusing the Trump administration of “brazen aggression and intimidation tactics.” That’s rich since this is a lawsuit and Obama and Holder were the masters of using lawfare while in office.


“California is using every power it has, and some it doesn’t, to frustrate federal law enforcement,” Sessions told the gathering of officers in Sacramento. “So you can be sure I’m going to use every power I have to stop them.” That’s what Sessions’ job is and it is the right thing to do. If war comes to California, they will lose.

SOURCES: Breitbart, The Hill, The Sacramento Bee

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  1. Robert Carlyle Berrett says

    The problem is that the California politicians do not give a rat’s ass about the illegal immigrants only as a source of keeping control of the people of their state, and of course of all of the people of this country. The dems are the bad guys they have illegally misled the illegal immigrants into believing that if they violated the law in great masses then the dems would get the approval of the U.S. Supreme Court to change the U.S. Constitution. The Dems are the ones who need to go to prison because , (as Virgil Earp said in “Tombstone”, “THEY BROKE THE LAW! ” It is standard procedure for criminals, when caught committing the crime to blame everyone except themselves. Jerry Brown and his band of moral misfits want to blame everyone but himself/themselves for their breaking the law, and they are pouting because the people of this country are not going to stand for it. So you have a grown up come in and solve the problem and they are having a hissy fit because they’re “little” scam is discovered and then they can’t take the credit for solving the problem. Wake up Americans or be ruled by a consortium of eastern Europeans and Asians and South Americans and your home will no longer be yours. Obama was/is the “Manchurian Candidate”, the Trojan Horse who sneaked into our confidence and then pulled his daggers and started to kill us. Wake up Americans.

  2. nancy says

    They blatantly broke the law and now they want to whine and cry like the spoiled babies they are. Moonbeam Brown is a spoiled brat and has been for many, many years. Nancy Pelosi is senile and needs to be retired as soon as possible. They are breaking the laws of our land to harbor and coddle CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS !!!!! They think that they are somehow above the law. Nancy Pelosi is “supposed” to be a law MAKER not a law BREAKER, but she seems to have dismissed this whole idea in favor of ILLEGALS, instead of standing up for legitimate American citizens. They both need to be replaced NOW !!!!

  3. William Peters says

    While quite frankly I consider Gov Moonbeams Brown of California & all the fruits & nuts that put his geriatric anal retentive demLoonsional out of touch carcass in a Gov , I am appalled ( very longtime) at the corruption ( endemic) in California, illegals have been & are given preference in ” social programs”( welfare , food stamps, housing ) while bona fide US Citizens are neglected & rendered homeless.
    The inanely insane DEM0Ncrat anti American policy of sanctuary to drug traffickers , sicarios ( assassins) criminals of the vilest of ilk & yes , also to innocent “Latin” Americans illegally crossing our porous borders has to be stopped- this has been going on for many decades !
    Nonetheless , I do NOT support Sessions as that out of touch moron also seeks to undermine what are legitimately the respective State’s autonomous rights ( i.e.- ” Marihuana”, Cannabis) as that issue is for the States to decide by popular votes.
    Immigration is a Federal matter & on that issue the Federal Government ” Trumps”, the Stated ill conceived & imbecilic anti American agendas .

  4. Mickey says

    California has completely lost its marbles. Illegals and drugs are fine but no drinking straws.

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