California isn't trying to leave the Union. It's resisting federal demands that the state play a role in seizing and expelling undocumented migrants who have made their way there.
So secession isn't an apt historical comparison. The Fugitive Slave Act is.https://t.co/BtAOrIIHcq
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) March 7, 2018
Gov. Brown is not taking the bullshit from Trump and Sessions anymore and was quite restrained in calling them liars. This is how you handle this crap (and reporters – grow a spine and stop transmitting these lies). pic.twitter.com/ptDFIrxYSN
— Dan Murphy (@bungdan) March 7, 2018
That’s quite an analogy, but IMO it holds up. CNN on Sessions’ CA visit:
California Gov. Jerry Brown fired back at Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump on Wednesday after their lawsuit challenging the state’s immigration laws, calling the administration “full of liars” and repeatedly referencing the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election…
“I do think this is pure red meat for the base, and I would assume — this is pure speculation — that Jeff thinks Donald will be happier with him and I bet Donald will be tweeting his joy with this stunt,” Brown said.
Special counsel Robert “Mueller is closing in. There are more indictments to come. So obviously the attorney general has found it hard to be just a normal attorney general. He’s been caught up in the whirlwind,” Brown added.
Brown accused the administration of “going to war” with California and said Sessions was acting “more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer” in his visit…
In a speech laden with tough rhetoric for his critics and immigration advocates, Sessions on Wednesday morning had decried officials who support sanctuary city policies as “extremists” promoting “open borders.”
“Stop treating immigration agents differently from everybody else for the purpose of eviscerating border and immigration laws and advancing an open borders philosophy shared by only a few, the most radical extremists,” Sessions said.
When Sessions is fired he'll be like a reverse Schindler…wondering how much more racism his watch could've bought. https://t.co/K9nfAJe3GX
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) September 15, 2017
Gov. Brown and AG Becerra make a great tag team, too — NPR’s Judy Woodruff showed up with a mouthful of whutaboudism pap, and this ensued:
Judy Woodruff:Attorney General Becerra, what do you say to Attorney General Sessions’ charge that California has essentially, I mean, in his words, enacted a number of laws designed to “intentionally obstruct the work of our sworn immigration enforcement officers,” to intentionally undermine their ability to do their jobs?
Xavier Becerra:Well, it’s an intentional misrepresentation.
If you just simply read the laws, most of those statutes say from the very beginning, except as required by federal law, we will do this. Or they actually point out the statute that the Trump administration has tried to sue California on, where we actually cite the words of the statute in those provisions of law that we have in California that essentially protect the federal government’s right to enforce immigration law.
And so they continue to say these things, but the statutes that they point to that say that — restrict the ability of ICE to do its work are the very statutes that say that we exempt federal law, or we allow federal law to take precedent over anything that the state law says…
Gov. Jerry Brown:Yes. And, by the way, the attorney general got a very tepid response. I think,out of 200 people, 10 people stood up after he gave his speech.
And the most important police chiefs support these bills. They don’t support Jeff Sessions.
Judy Woodruff: Very quickly, Governor, President Trump is going to be in California next week. Do you have plans to meet with him?
Gov. Jerry Brown: Well, he hasn’t let me know.
By the way, we called Sessions’ office, the attorney general’s office, are you coming out? They wouldn’t even take the call. But they notified the press.
This is press release politics. I don’t know whether — Trump, he can call me on the phone. I have talked to him before about disaster relief. We had a very fine conversation.
So, look, I want to collaborate, but I’m not going to be complicit with lies and denigrating the great state of California.
Yeah, I somehow suspect Governor Brown’s invitation to the Trump rally won’t be forthcoming.