Trump's first presidential visit to California could bring out protesters

Nearly 14 months since taking the oath of office, President Donald Trump is finally visiting the most populated state in the nation. His two-day trip will include an opportunity to examine prototypes of the wall he wants to build along the U.S. border with Mexico, and he will also raise political campaign money in Beverly Hills.

Given the Golden State's penchant for protesting actions taken by the Trump Administration, many are wondering if the president will encounter resistance while visiting enemy territory.

In the 2016 election, President Trump received only 31.6% of the vote in California. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, won nearly twice as much support in the state. Clinton's success in winning the nationwide popular vote by nearly 3 million votes had a lot to do with her success, and Trump's failure, in California.

President Trump, of course, succeeded in winning enough states, many narrowly, across the country to give him a victory in the Electoral College.

The Golden State has become the home of the resistance to President Trump due to its huge population, the nation's largest economy, a great amount of diversity, and very progressive politics. Many Californian politicians and regular citizens alike feel that their values are under attack by the Trump Administration, and they take as many opportunities as possible to protest.

While no massive formal protests are so far known to be planned to coincide with the president's visit, there are plenty of smaller demonstrations coming together. Additionally, it would not be surprising if several spontaneous acts of resistance are organized and executed over the next several days.

The twin purposes of President Trump's visit are sure to infuriate his opponents all across the state. Given the large immigrant population, coming to southern California to tout the border wall is seen by many as an act of provocation. Meanwhile, also holding a high-dollar political fundraising event in a place like Beverly Hills is sure to anger those who believe that the president and his Republican supporters only look out for the interests of the wealthy.

While President Trump is not on the ballot this year, the midterm elections in November will feature many gubernatorial races, all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, one-third of the seats in the U.S. Senate, and many other state-level races. His visit to California this week could be his first of several that will take place this year.



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