From the moment he was elected, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra perceived his job as the state’s point man for the Resistance. Becerra wasted no time turning his office into a war machine against the federal government, filing litigation against President Trump whenever the mood struck him. To date, after three years, Becerra has filed an astounding FIVE DOZEN lawsuits against the president, costing California taxpayers more than $21 million.
Naturally, Democrats think this is wonderful news.
From KTXL Sacramento:
Those who support Becerra’s efforts believe this is what Californians want.
“He is the attorney general for the state of California. He’s protecting our values,” Democratic political consultant Ed Emerson said. “Separating children from their families, detaining them for unlimited amounts of time and keeping them in cages. This is not who we are and California has to step in. We have to lean into this and fight this fight for the whole country.”
But Republican strategist Tim Rosales says Becerra’s legal fight with the president is more about the political spotlight and less about policy pushback.
“He’s got bigger aspirations. Certainly, attorney general is not his last stop. So, this is politics. It’s what you would expect,” Rosales said.
Exactly. Becerra is one of many, many local and state politicians trying to use Trump – in one way or another – to further their political careers. He has this in common with Gov. Gavin Newsom, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, and countless others who think they can “resist” their way into the national spotlight. We suppose you can’t argue with results, but then again, ask De Blasio how that worked out for his presidential aspirations. Not too well.
In an interview with FOX40, Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association said that Californians shouldn’t be funding Becerra’s political career.
“I do believe that in many of these lawsuits, our attorney general is wasting the taxpayer dollars,” Coupal said. “If the state of California has a legitimate complaint against the federal government, they should exert their rights as a sovereign state. But that’s not what we’re seeing here right now.”