California senators are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore, Mr. Trump!
Joined by nine colleagues, Sen. Isadore Hall, D-Compton, on Thursday introduced a resolution calling on California to divest from Donald Trump and his business enterprises in the wake of inflammatory remarks about Mexican immigrants.
“The State of California will not stand for this type of racist rhetoric and racist behavior,” Hall said at a press conference. “Today we stand and call upon the State of California to dump Trump!”
Trump caused a firestorm at his presidential campaign announcement last month, where he said that Mexico was not “sending their best” to the United States.
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“They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us,” Trump said. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
As Trump has stood by, and then doubled down, on those comments, companies including NBC, Macy’s, NASCAR and the PGA have severed ties with the real estate mogul and reality television star.
Senate Resolution 39 also urges privates businesses and individuals in California to end any business affiliations with Trump. Hall said he was currently in discussions with the state’s public retirement systems and would introduce a divestment bill if they have any holdings in Trump enterprises.
The resolution has no legal force, but Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, said California could still send a message by hitting Trump economically, as it did decades ago by divesting from South Africa’s apartheid government.
“A resolution introduced in this great state can do a great deal of hurt to a racist dictator,” Mitchell said. “Shame on us if we don’t” get mad enough to take action.
In a statement, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff called Trump’s remarks “offensive,” but dismissed the resolution.
“Using state resources to protest the inappropriate statements from politicians on either side of the aisle or around the country, is a waste of taxpayer dollars and only draws attention to those politicians who are trying to grab headlines,” he said.