Turns Out, Most Of California Loves Trump. It Is Only The Silicon
Valley Social Media Companies And The DNC Senators That Are Making
It Look Like A War
Silicon Valley and Politicians Boxer, Harris, Spier, Brown,
Pelosi and Feinstein were the beneficiaries of Obama's Slush Funds
including the huge Dept. of Energy (DOE) "Green Cash". DOE has
been covering-up organized crime activities at DOE in which DOE
funds are being used as a slush-fund to pay off DNC campaign
financiers and to pay for CIA/GPS Fusion-Class attacks on business
competitors of those DNC campaign financiers. Federal executives,
especially at DOE share stock market insider trading holdings with
those politicians and companies, ie: most of them own Google and
Tesla stock from bribe payments. That is why those companies and
politicians run a civil war with Trump. They use armies of "bots"
and Shareblue Shills to create an online impression
of Anti-Trumpism that is statewide when it is actually not!
two young, blond women in figure-flattering ball gowns
hoisted whiskey and shotguns.
auctioneer rattled off bids. Above the stage in the
banquet hall hung a green flag for the 51st state of
Jefferson, with its pair of Xs called a “double-cross”
representing a sense of rural abandonment.
of people packed into the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post
9650 hall on this chilly Saturday night, ready to crack
open wallets to help fund their dream of carving — out
of California’s northernmost reaches — a brand new
offered $350 for a state of Jefferson belt buckle.
Someone else won a lamb, still in its mother’s womb,
that should be born in time to be butchered for Easter.
Outside, vehicles bore bumper stickers supporting
President Trump and the 2nd Amendment.
Okies are fun, aren’t we?” one man quipped.
scene last month in this small Shasta County city seemed
like a perfect we’re-not-in-California-anymore-moment.
That is, if you only knew California as the diverse,
liberal bastion whose elected officials have tried to
stymie the Trump administration’s moves onimmigration,legalized
changeand so on.
the so-called Northstate is looking less and less like
the rest of the Golden State. The vast,
sparsely-populated region is whiter, more rural and
poorer than the rest of the state — and residents are
more conservative. While California has become the
center of the resistance to Trump, a number of Northern
Californians are waging a resistance of their own:
against California itself.
the banquet hall, the man many see as the founder of the
modern Jefferson movement told the crowd that their gun
rights, property rights, grazing rights and water rights
were under siege by politicians who write them off as
the ones being exterminated by a lack of liberty,” said
Mark Baird, a Siskiyou County rancher.
breakaway state of Jefferson is a decades-old idea, but
it has been revived in earnest in recent years by
residents who say they are fed up with their voices
being drowned out in Sacramento, where outspoken urban
Democrats hold a vise grip on the state Legislature.
say overregulation has hobbled rural industries such as
timber, mining and fishing and that the state’s high
taxes and cost of living are driving young people away,
quickening the decline of small towns. They chafe under
California’s strict gun-control policies and are
infuriated by its liberal immigration laws.
cite California’s newgas
tax increaseof 12 cents per
gallon, saying it has an outsize impact on rural people
who drive farther for work and basic needs such as
hospitals, schools and grocery stores.
likely is it that a new state will be broken off, like a
piece of Kit Kat bar, from California? Not likely at
all, experts say.
McGhee, a political scientist at the Public Policy
Institute of California, said that while you can “never
say never,” there are too many legal obstacles to
easy to think that because there’s this large piece of
territory, that it’s a large share of California in
terms of the population," he said. “That’s just not the
case. … It’s an absolutely minuscule portion of the
of a breakaway state say they are sorely underestimated
and point to the number of passionate people who show up
to their events. One man put it this way: “We’re not a
bunch of dumb rednecks.”
we first started ... people would say, ‘What’s
Jefferson? ... Now, they’re saying, ‘When are you going
to get this done?
some Northern Californians have had enough of talk of
breaking away from California. After several county
boards began considering Jefferson proposals, Kevin
Hendrick, a retired municipal employee from Crescent
City, in Del Norte County, formed a political action
committee in 2015 calledKeep
It Californiato oppose the
got a handful of residents that are grumpy and pining
for the good old days, but that shouldn’t represent all
the good people living in rural counties,” he said.
said there are rural issues that need do more attention,
such as access to affordable healthcare and the
internet, but that separating from California would be
need hope, yes,” he said. “They don’t need false hope.”
has been plenty of talk recently about cleaving
California. There was the failed 2014 effort to split
six states. There’s a plan to formNew
California, which includes everything but a sliver
of wealthy, urban coastal counties. And there’sCalexit,
the movement for the state to secede from the Union
entirely, an idea that gained steam after Trump’s
which has included some Oregon counties in various
iterations, precedes them. In one of the movement’s most
colorful eras, armed separatists in November 1941 set up
roadblocks along Highway 99 in Siskiyou County. But the
movement was halted days later when Pearl Harbor was
Jefferson movementwas kicked
off in 2013 when boards of supervisors in Siskiyou and
Modoc counties passed declarations of support for
withdrawing from California.
Carpenter, a Jefferson organizer from Redding, said
countieshave been filed with
state officials. Some are proclamations by county boards
of supervisors; others are collections of signatures by
55, a seventh-generation Shasta County resident, quit
his job as an appraiser in the county assessor’s office
in 2015 to devote his time to Jefferson. Days later, he
told the Shasta County Board of Supervisors that,
although the board had declined to support the breakaway
state, advocates had gathered thousands of signatures
your employers, we have decided you will not be
representing us on this issue,” hetold
the supervisors. “Therefore, we are moving ahead
Jefferson became a state, it would have 1.7 million
residents, a population bigger than 13 other states. It
would be 73% white. Present-day California has roughly
the same number of whites and Latinos, at about 14.8
supporters have their hopes set on a federal lawsuit.
Last year, a group called Citizens for Fair
Representation — including Carpenter, Baird and other
Jefferson proponents along with a Native American tribe,
the California Libertarian Party and the city of Fort
Jones, Calif. — sued the state, alleging an
unconstitutional lack of representation and dilution of
120 state legislators, the suit states, cannot
adequately represent 40 million residents. In Northern
California, one senator represents nine counties and
parts of two more. The idea, Baird said, is for
California to either be forced to add thousands more
legislators or that the state would refuse and let
had just finished an impassioned speech about Jefferson
in Placerville last month when Riley Taresh, 19, stepped
up to the microphone, her voice solemn.
we have to wait?” she asked. “I only have a few more
years where I can go to school here before I have to
leave because I won’t be able to afford to stay in
of Shingle Springs, works part time at Payless
ShoeSource while attending Folsom Lake College. She
can’t afford to move out of her parents’ home. She wants
to work in the medical field and stay in Northern
California, but “as a working-class poor, it is not
possible for me,” she said. She believes her chances at
getting into a four-year state university were hindered,
in part, because she is white.
like, excuse me, I have to work my butt off to get
anywhere, and you’re going to hand illegals … a driver’s
license, you’re going to hand them an education, and I
have to work my butt off until I’m in tears and begging
for help to get anywhere. No.”
Murray, 32, of Rocklin, said he hates “the perception
that it is these old white people that just want to go
around and spit their tobacky and shoot their guns.”
has been trying to attract younger, more diverse people.
He sees Jefferson as a “reset button.” An uncle of his
packed up his business and moved to Texas because of
high taxes. His in-laws are frustrated by California’s
strict gun laws, which, he said, aren’t feasible for
them since they are rural farmers who would have to wait
a half-hour for police if someone broke in.
just like the whole idea of getting back to the
Constitution, getting back to the principles that made
this country great in the first place.
after 7 a.m. on a recent Friday, Terry Rapoza stood
before the Sunrise Rotary Club at a Redding Best Western
explaining the case for Jefferson while his wife, Sally,
handed out pamphlets.
stout, mustachioed man with a booming belly-laugh,
Rapoza said there was “no rule of law in the state of
California.” He recently called a White House hotline to
say Gov. Jerry Brown had repeatedly violated the
gregarious couple in their 60s, the Rapozas, of Redding,
helped start a local tea party group shortly after
President Obama took office. A 2009 tea party protest at
Redding’s Sundial Bridge drew some 2,000 people, and
their son, Clayton, a labor organizer and Civil War
reenactor, dressed as a Revolutionary War minuteman and
led protesters across the walkway.
just like the whole idea of getting back to the
Constitution, getting back to the principles that made
this country great in the first place,” Sally Rapoza
said of Jefferson.
the Rapozas, California’s sanctuary policies are
emblematic of the unchecked power of the state
Democratic party. They were thrilled when the Shasta
County Board of Supervisors approved a non-sanctuary
resolution last month.
are we allowingillegalaliens
to come into our country?” Sally said. “I mean, that’s
an invasion. … It feels like our rights are being
diminished and their rights are being exploited,
actually, because the Democrats want votes and the
Republicans want cheap workers.”
whose organizing skills earned her the moniker Rally
Sally, uses her Facebook page to live-stream events and
drum up Jefferson support. The official State of
Jefferson website lists her as a social media organizer.
She also shares political posts on her page, including
Breitbart articles and a meme calling Hillary Clinton
“the Russian spy who hacked our primaries.”
co-hosts a weekly AM radio show, “Jefferson State of
Mine,” with Carpenter. Itopens
with a country songabout
a wave on a dusty road. It’s a logger’s heavy load.
It’s the cattle on the hills. It’s the ridge full of
the small mountain town of Burney, Harold and Janet
Chandler live on a quiet street among the pine trees.
They have a Jefferson sign in their yard and Jefferson
coffee mugs in their cupboards.
couple — she a retired school teacher, he a retired
California Highway Patrol officer — moved to Burney in
1991, when it was a bustling logging town with two
clothing stores, two shoe stores, two grocery stores,
they said. But the timber mills cut back. The families
left. Now, shuttered storefronts line Main Street.
who unsuccessfully ran for county supervisor in 2016 and
openly supported Jefferson, said regulations would be
eased in the new state, bringing back jobs — and hope.
She and Harold are on a committee that recently finished
writing a 29-page Jefferson constitution.
we first started handing out brochures and carrying
signs at parades, people would say, ‘What’s Jefferson?’”
Janet said. “Then, the phrase became, ‘Oh, it’s a good
idea, but it’s never going to happen.’ Now, they’re
saying, ‘When are you going to get this done?’”
Branson-Potts is a Metro reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She
joined the newspaper in 2011 and has been part of a team that
investigated doctors’ roles in Southern California’s
prescription drug epidemic, covered deadly tornadoes in
Oklahoma, and written extensively about LGBT issues.
Branson-Potts was part of the team that won the 2016 Pulitzer
Prize for breaking news for its coverage of the San Bernardino
terrorist attack. She grew up in the small town of Perry, Okla.,
and graduated from the University of Oklahoma.