Trump’s visit to California won’t help vulnerable Republicans

Donald Trump

Vulnerable Republicans have tied their political futures to a very unpopular Trump.

After repeatedly attacking California from afar, Trump is finally making a trek to the Golden State this week. His visit, expected to last less than 24 hours, will mainly focus on his divisive immigration policy, with a visit to Southern California to see prototypes of a wall (the wall he repeatedly promised Mexico would pay for).

Trump’s approval rating is a paltry 26 percent in California, and recent polls have shown Republican members of Congress may be harmed by their association with Trump. A recent national poll showed, by an almost 2-1 margin, voters “want to elect a Congress that mostly stands up to the president.”

California is the heart of “the resistance,” according to Bloomberg, and even though Trump’s name won’t be on the ballot, he will assuredly be a factor in November.

Even Republicans agree.

“There is a component of dislike for the president here, and that’s fueling some of it,” says Irvine mayor Donald Wagner, a Republican, in an interview with Politico. “Take that out of the equation … You can’t in ’18,” he conceded.

Some of Southern California’s most vulnerable Republicans, such as Reps. Steve Knight (Palmdale), Dana Rohrabacher (Costa Mesa) and Mimi Walters (Irvine), regularly side with Trump on key issues.

All three voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, despite knowing the Republican bill would have drastically increased premiums and caused more than 20 million people to lose health insurance. Californians overwhelmingly support the ACA.

Knight and Walters voted for a tax bill came forward that “substantially increase[d] the share of total federal personal income taxes” paid by California, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. The bill creates a $1.4 trillion deficit to mostly reward wealthy Wall Street investors while doing very little to help workers and small businesses.

On immigration issues, Knight, Walters, and Rohrabacher often side with Trump in word and deed. Rohrabacher goes so far as to often uses the same types of divisive, even racist, rhetoric when discussing the issue. Meanwhile, Californians are incredibly supporting of immigrants, no matter their immigration status.

After touring prototypes for a wall, Trump will hold a fundraiser in Beverly Hills. As the elite pay between $35,000 and $250,000 to spend an evening with Trump, voters will be reminded of where the loyalty of California’s Republicans truly lies.

Perhaps when they go to the ballot box in November, they will look for a representative who prioritizes constituents over Trump.