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California Senate passes resolution to ‘dump Trump’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at his South Carolina campaign kickoff rally in Bluffton, S.C., on July 21, 2015.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at his South Carolina campaign kickoff rally in Bluffton, S.C., on July 21, 2015. The Associated Press

The final night of session is crunch time in the California Legislature: Ambitious new alternative energy goals are adopted. Landmark medical marijuana regulation is pushed through. Donald Trump is denounced.

In the waning minutes before the Senate adjourned for the year, Democrats adopted a resolution condemning the Republican presidential frontrunner’s views on immigration and calling on Californians to divest from his many business enterprises.

“Support this resolution to send a clear message that bigotry and racism and hatred is not tolerated in the state of California,” urged Sen. Isadore Hall, D-Compton, the measure’s author. “It’s time quite honestly to dump Trump.”

Senate Resolution 39 was introduced in July, following Trump’s controversial presidential announcement where he said that Mexico was not “sending their best” to the United States.

“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.”

Companies like NBC, Macy’s, NASCAR and the PGA have already severed ties with the real estate mogul and reality television star. But Senate Republicans didn’t bite on SR 39, which passed by a vote of 25-1 and has no legal authority; all but one abstained and declined to speak on the measure.

“We have chosen,” Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller said, “to have a moment of silence to reflect on the good things.”

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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