Since the impeachment stench has aired-out to just a residual whiff, the presidential race is in full force once more, which includes our present commander in chief’s campaign. This week, Donald Trump arrived in the very blue State of California to share everything from receiving the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles to alerting that the Golden State’s politicians ought to do something about the homeless trend, or the federal government would step in and handle it. As usual, he became acquainted with some die-hard supporters and many upset “not my president” opposition.
California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, has made it adequately recognized that he in no way supports the president. On Feb. 10, he was a guest on ABC’s The View, where he established that opinion. “We are the most un-Trump state in America, and we are also the most diverse state in America,” he explained. Then he confidently boasted, “Trump is just scared of California.”
Eight days later, on Feb. 18, the president stopped at L.A., Beverly Hills, and Bakersfield. Obviously, he wasn’t all that scared of visiting. Trump discussed with the organizers of the 2028 Olympic Games before he headed off to Beverly Hills for a fundraising event dinner. He said the committee had reached out to him while he’d been the president-elect and questioned if he could choose the decision about promoting Olympics in the U.S. because the Obama administration had yet to do so. “They were starving for love, and we gave them the love,” the president stated, including that he approved a record supplying the federal government’s full assistance for the event.
The next item on the agenda was judgments for L.A.’s homeless turmoil. Trump made no bones about his dislike with the sheer number of individuals around the streets, rubbish and drugs junking the sidewalks, and the local leaders’ incompetence to suppress the problem. “If they can’t do it themselves, we’re going to do it,” the president warned. “The federal government is going to take it over; we’re going to do it.”
The next day, on Feb. 19, Newsom held his annual State of the State address, centering almost all of his speech around the homelessness turmoil. He stated the importance really should be on those at most risk, for example, the youth, long-term homeless individuals, repeat criminals, and drug addicts. “We’re putting our entire state government on notice,” he said, to respond to emergency efforts for the homeless.
Quick to brand Trump as pushy, overbearing, and using threat methods to get what he wishes, Newsom then stated, “My message to you [county governments] is this: Spend your mental health money by June 30 this year, or we’ll do it for you.”
The governor’s most recent program is named California Access to Housing Fund, and he desires “an unprecedented $750 million to get it started.” Any new funding does not change the present coffers, and there isn’t a precise plan available yet for raising the amount of money. Claiming this is such a fantastic plan that the federal government should follow suit on a national level, Newsom stated this is certainly a “do it or lose it policy” and that counties will need to “take action or you’re going to lose the new money.”
“This is only one aspect of the governor’s offer that has us scratching our heads,” Michelle Cabrera, executive director of the County Behavioral Health Directors Association, mentioned. “What we are hearing is not, ‘Gosh, we really need another cook in the kitchen.’”
The president is correct that the Golden State needs to step up and care for this crisis, but is Newsom’s plan even attainable? Liberty Nation’s Sarah Cowgill said, “The ironic and incredibly inconvenient truth is California leads the way, adding an implausible 16.4% of unsheltered families, veterans, and elder Americans attempting to survive on the streets … The unsheltered population decreased dramatically in 29 states – including Washington, D.C. It should’ve been a banner year to celebrate, but California skewed the curve.”
Trump made a stop in Bakersfield, the Central Valley, and a place that is usually overlooked by presidential candidates. There he met with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “to speak with hard-working farmers in the Central Valley about efforts to dramatically improve the supply and delivery of water in California and other Western states,” he said.
Later, the president visited Rancho Mirage in Riverside County to participate in a fundraising golf event before flying to Phoenix for a rally that evening. Next, it’s to Colorado Springs on Feb. 20 for an evening rally, then to Las Vegas for yet another one.