Feb 21, 2019

Trump's Golden State bad blood

President Trump. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Expect America's most prominent hate-hate relationship to get even nastier as President Trump and California clash in the lead-up to 2020.

Quick take: Hillary Clinton walloped Trump there by 30 percentage points in 2016 and the Democratic "blue wave" in 2018 swept loads of California Republicans from the House. And it's not just elections: Trump has turned the power of the federal government on California, while the Golden State has taken the lead in seeing him in court, Politico Mag's Michael Grunwald reports.

The big picture: The most meaningful political fight in America in 2019 isn't between Trump and Congress — it's between Trump and liberal states, led by California.

Trump's offensive, flagged by Axios' Scott Rosenberg and Ben Geman:

  • Threatening California funding for topics ranging from forest management to high-speed rail.
  • Threatened to yank back a Clean Air Act waiver that effectively gives California the ability to set higher miles-per-gallon rules.
  • Publicly derided the 9th Circuit based in San Francisco, which has repeatedly challenged his administration's actions.

And a brief list of areas where California has sued Trump, per Axios' Stef Kight:

  • The border wall
  • The border emergency
  • DREAMers
  • Child separation
  • Sanctuary cities
  • Immigration questions on the 2020 census
  • Trump's attempt to ban transgender troops
  • Birth control
  • The Affordable Care Act
  • Ozone rules
  • Federal coal leasing
  • Methane release on public and tribal land
  • 3D guns

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Trump threatens to "assume control" of Minneapolis over unrest

Flames from a nearby fire illuminate protesters standing on a barricade in front of the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis on Thursday. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump threatened via Twitter early Friday to send the national guard to Minneapolis following three days of massive demonstrations and unrest in the city over George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody this week.

Details: "I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right," Trump tweeted after a police station was torched by some protesters.

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Twitter: Trump's Minnesota tweet violated rules on violence

Twitter said Friday morning that a tweet from President Trump in which he threatened shooting in response to civil unrest in Minneapolis violated the company's rules. The company said it was leaving the tweet up in the public interest.

Why it matters: The move exacerbates tensions between Twitter and Trump over the company's authority to label or limit his speech and, conversely, the president's authority to dictate rules for a private company.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

Protesters cheer as the Third Police Precinct burns behind them on in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Cheering protesters set a Minneapolis police station on fire Thursday night in the third night of unrest following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city, per AP.

The state of play: Minnesota's governor on Thursday activated the state's national guard following violent outbreaks throughout the week, as the nation waits to see if the officers involved will be charged with murder.