Trump’s unpopularity could cost Republicans 14 seats in California

The Golden State is disenchanted with everything from the tax bill to Trump’s stance on immigration and climate change.

According to the Wall Street Journal, President Trump’s extreme unpopularity is a “growing political problem for Republicans” in California. Already, writes Gerald F. Seib, “GOP fortunes have been declining for the last two decades” in the state, “a trend that may be accelerating” after the “the recently passed tax-cut bill … seemed almost designed to strike at high-tax states with pricey real estate such as California.”

The president’s “immigration policies are [also] widely unpopular,” says Seib, especially as California is home to a “large population of Hispanics and Asian-Americans.” Currently, San Francisco is reportedly “suing the administration over its attempt to cut federal funds to so-called sanctuary cities, which decline to help federal authorities find and deport illegal immigrants.” And that’s not all - adding fuel to the fire is “the president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, and his tendency to dismiss fears of global warming.” “Some of the country’s most environmentally attuned citizens” live in California,” says Seib.

Throw in the irritation of “Republican’s efforts to undo Obamacare,” says Seib, and California begins to look like one of the places that can help the Democrats gain control of the House. The seats of California’s 14 GOP House members would make up more than half of the 24 the Democrats need to flip in the midterm elections - a viewpoint backed by ‘The Cook Political Report,’ which describes “at least eight of the 14 House districts Republicans hold [in California are] as highly competitive this year.”

Quoting an article written by political observer and former Republican political consultant, Dan Schur, for the ‘Los Angeles Times,’ Seib says, “the biggest challenge for suburban Republicans [in California] is more cultural than legislative. They’re a lot more uncomfortable with Trump’s behavior than they are with his policy agenda.” “The biggest challenge for Republican incumbents,” however, says Schur, is “immigration.”

To find out more, read "California Poses Problem for GOP as 2018 Dawns" written by Gerald Seib and published by the Wall Street Journal on January 1, 2018.