President Trump obviously hates the most populous country in the country he rules. While collecting garbage in California with his mouth, the president used his office to crush the home of nearly one in every eight Americans – seeking to Make the air more polluted, and the water less cleanIts forests are more vulnerable to catastrophic fires.
But now the golden state is preparing to respond. By moving the presidential primary from June to March 3, California will finally exert a political influence commensurate with its size. Nearly 500 delegates, a quarter of the number needed to win the Democratic nomination, are at stake.
Perhaps what happens – or at least is being ignored – is what happens among the vast diaspora of more than 7.3 million people the left California since 2007. They seem to be changing the political makeup of the states they have relocated to, and it may be enough to change the electoral college map in favor of Democrats.
With nearly 40 million people, California still earns a population – hardly. But the stratosphere house prices and unbearable rental costs have created reverse “clusters of anger”, forcing those who are not wealthy to flee to countries with much lower cost of living.
The question is: Do they bring California values - a fierce defense of the environment, tolerance of immigrants and a multi-ethnic society, and insistence on universal healthcare – with them? It can be just a demographic froth. But if you look at the changing politics of Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona, and all the fast-growing states full of newcomers from California, the answer is yes. Texas may not be far behind.
The most endangered species, the California Republicans, is making a fuss about how awful the state is. They cite many thousands sleeping on the streets, failure to apply basic standards of public behavior, and high taxes. San Francisco, the sad city on the Gulf, has become a “hostage of the homeless,” as one respected government magazine has pointed out.
More than half of the population of California They say they have considered leaving the country, the vast majority of them conservative, as a poll found. But the evidence is in States that take in the majority of former California residents – Among those actually leaving instead of just leaving around – tells another story.
In Nevada, To which 500,000 California residents moved between 2008 and 2018, Democrats won the Governor’s Palace and a second seat in the U.S. Senate in 2018. He used to have more Republicans, by registration. But Democrats now have an advantage of more than 70,000 voters, and they have prevailed there in the last three presidential races.
Colorado, the favorite landing place for those who can no longer afford California, is now reliably blue. Democrats won the majority there with more than 100,000 votes in the last presidential election. The state is likely to turn a Senate seat, ignoring the incompetent Republican candidate, Corey Gardner, for the position of a famous former governor, John Hickenlooper.
Arizona could be the next one that rests with Democrats. The state, known as retirees and whites who flee tax, has become more diverse, younger and full of ex-California. Between 2001 and 2014, Arizona added about a quarter of a million people from its neighboring state to the west.
Trump Arizona won 91,000 votes. But in 2018, Kirsten Twisted Cinema became the first Democrat to win a seat in the Senate since 1988, with a margin of about 56,000 votes.
Looking at this year’s electoral map, Arizona is a wild leaf. I had long believed that it would be better to reclaim 80,000 votes that proved to be the winning margin in Trump in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan rather than adding two million progressive people off the coast.
But if Democrats win the votes of the 11th Electoral College in Arizona, as polls have shown, they can, and lose, 10 in Wisconsin, while returning to Pennsylvania and Michigan, and this will be enough to remove the evil man and corruption occupying the White House.
Texas, California’s highest state of exiles, is likely to clash with Democrats this year, Although in play. Democrats have a growing advantage in Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, all of which experience heavy traffic over long distances from California.
Texas polls show Trump Failure to get over 48 percent in rivalries with Democrats. And 45 percent of voters wanted to isolate and displace him From the office.
Bullying and intimidation from California is a good policy for Trump. The rest of the country does not have much sympathy for “sunny barbarians,” as an old Seattle friend was called. As someone who grew up hating hordes who moved north to my northwest Pacific country, I get it.
But Trump treats these citizens as foreigners. He is on his way to uphold state standards for fresh air, turning Aden into its public lands into industrial anesthesia, and for making its migrant migrants criminals. He did nothing – he refused the state’s call for additional housing slips for the poor – to alleviate the homeless crisis. He prefers a hardship made in the Pacific, largely because he lost the Golden State by more than four million votes.
However, California residents, who still proudly call her home and those who have left their hearts there, can be the force to mobilize it.
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Timothy Egan (@Netigan) is a contributing opinion writer covering the environment, American West, and politics. He is a recipient of the National Book Award and author of “Hajj Forever”.