Assemblymember Rob Bonta hopes Trump
continues to be the failure-in-chief.
18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
Assemblymember Rob Bonta had some negative thoughts about President Donald Trump at Tuesday night’s Oakland City Council meeting.
In attendance to discuss his legislative year in the Assembly, Bonta said he hopes Trump’s agenda continues to fail. Bonta made the comment in response to a councilmember’s question about federal funding for low-income housing credits.
“The one thing that I do take solace in is that Mr. Trump has not been able to move any of his agenda,” said Bonta, “and he keeps failing in his efforts to hurt folks across this country and our state and I hope he continues to fail.”
As part of the leadership in the State Legislature, Bonta has sought to aggressively counteract Trump’s policies over the past year. He told the Oakland City Council to “resist” the President.
Earlier, Bonta lauded the council’s vote Tuesday night to approve an ordinance banning businesses doing work on Trump’s border wall from gaining contracts with the City of Oakland.
“California has to do what we do and that is lead and resist the attacks coming from Washington, D.C. and continue down the path we forge and not look back, but only look forward,” said Bonta. “And that means standing up and supporting our immigrant communities, making sure we protect all of our civil rights and fight against all the cuts coming from Washington, D.C.”
Prior to last year’s Presidential Election, Bonta publicly slammed Trump for comments he made on the campaign trail that suggested some Filipinos were “animals.” Trump was referring to ISIS-backed rebels in the Philippines, and terror groups in eight other nations.
Bail reform, affordable housing, and continuing work to limit gun violence and climate change will be part of Bonta’s focus during next year’s Assembly session, he said.
Oakland councilmembers peppered Bonta with questions, for instance, about reforming Proposition 13 and a state Constitutional repeal of Proposition 209, which prohibits state institutions from using race and gender as consideration in the hiring of state government workers.
Despite Bonta’s support for repealing Prop. 209, which was approved by voters in 1996, he added the probability for its success is doubtful. “Always hard to get that many folks to agree on one thing,” he said of the two-thirds majority required to remove Prop. 209 from the state Constitution. In addition, the repeal of Prop 209 does not poll well, said Bonta. “So just getting on the ballot is not enough. People need to vote for it and right now, without more, it might not pass at the ballot.”