In an attempt to pump “fresh blood” into the Democratic Party, California Senate Leader Kevin de Leon announced that he will challenge Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in her 2018 re-election bid. Feinstein is 84 years old.
De Leon who has made no secret of the fact that he does not like President Trump’s conservative agenda, said there is more to his desire to run:
“We’re overdue for a real debate on the issues, priorities and leadership voters want from their senator. I think California needs a senator not just fully resistant to Trump’s presidency, but who understands the issues most Californians face every day.”
He added melodrama and vitriol when he stated:
“We now stand at the front lines of a historic struggle for the very soul of America, against a president without one. Every day, his administration wages war on our people and our progress. He disregards our voices. Demonizes our diversity. Attacks our civil rights, our clean air, our health access and our public safety.”
Like any ‘good’ progressive, De Leon has indicated he will “focus on improving quality of life, increasing educational opportunities, cleaning the environment and creating universal healthcare.”
De Leon said further:
“I am running for the U.S. Senate because you deserve a seat at the table… To achieve these goals, expand the California dream, and take the fight to Trump from California to Washington, D.C., I commit to working tirelessly to earn your vote here at home, and once elected, to do my part to work even harder to reunite this nation with a progressive agenda.”
Well, he’s correct about one thing. He will work toward his “progressive agenda” which includes fighting the Trump administration over the latest California insanity regarding “sanctuary state” status.
De leon introduced Senate bill 54, the sanctuary state bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on October 5, 2017.
The legislation shields 2.3 million illegal immigrants by greatly diminishing state and local law enforcement’s ability to work with federal authorities.
The law which becomes effective in January 2018 has been called “unconscionable” by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
De Leon has been at ‘war’ with Trump over this issue for a while.
De Leon said earlier this year in reference to Trump’s policy against sanctuary cities:
“It has become abundantly clear that Atty. Gen. [Jeff] Sessions and the Trump administration are basing their law enforcement policies on principles of white supremacy — not American values.
Their constant and systematic targeting of diverse cities and states goes beyond constitutional norms and will be challenged at every level.”
Maybe De Leon has a personal stake in seeing to it that Trump’s policies fail in California because earlier in February, he said during an interview:
“Half of my family would be eligible for deportation under the executive order, because they got a false social security card, they got a false identification, they got a false driver’s license prior to us passing AB 60, they got a false green card, and anyone who has family members who are undocumented knows that almost entirely everybody has secured some sort of false identification.
That’s what you need to survive, to work. They are eligible for massive deportation.”
Can we expect more “anti-Trump laws” being pushed if De Leon is successful in taking Feinstein’s Senate seat?
I recently interviewed Katy Grimes, co-author with James Lacy of “California’s War Against Donald Trump: Who Wins, Who Loses.”
Grimes is a longtime political journalist, analyst and writer who focuses her full attention on politics within California.
Grimes argued that there are many politicians in California who are working hard to thwart Trump’s efforts.
The announcement by de Leon seems to be just another step toward bringing the Left’s fight directly to Washington, D.C.
We discussed at length who the “players” in California’s “war” against Trump are and what their agendas entail.
You can hear our lively discussion and the show in it’s entirety below.
While Feinstein may have served long enough in the opinion of those who want to replace her ‘outdated’ progressive ideas with an even more progressive ideology, de Leon is wasting no time in bringing about this change.
On Monday, a super PAC named “A Progressive California” was launched. It is aimed at backing progressive candidates like de Leon for office.
A digital video ad in support of De León’s campaign for U.S. Senate, was launched over the weekend.
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