President Donald Trump heads into political enemy territory Tuesday as he begins a tour of California — the Democratic stronghold he has decried for its sanctuary city policies, health insurance for illegal immigrants and groups that do not provide abortion coverage in healthcare, among others.
The Washington Times notes that California is not so keen on Trump either. It is the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who tore up his State of the Union Speech, and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who served as one of the main impeachment managers. Trump's approval rating in the state is a mere 33%, according to a January Morning Consult survey.
"I think if you're a Republican in general, you have a poor relationship with the Democrats in the state; they don't care," Riverside County Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Ingram told the Times. "If you're a Republican in California, you get a target painted on your back, that's just the way it is."
But Ingram said Trump has backing in the Golden State, especially in conservative areas, such as Bakersfield, where House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., represents, and in Riverside County east of Los Angeles.
"You have many, many people who are supporting the president, and that includes people with no party preference and Democrats alike," he said. "You're not going to make everyone happy, but the divisive climate in California is the problem. Once you're elected, you represent everyone, and I believe the president has done that."
Trump's two-day stay in California will include a meeting with 2028 Summer Olympics officials in LA, a meeting with farmers over water access, and two fundraisers in Beverly Hills and at the home of Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison.
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