Resisting the resistance antiliberal rage brews in Californias right wing

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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Facebook @SamTLevin Share via Email Wed 7 Feb 2018 05.00 EST Donald Trump California Should California be split into two states, one conservative and one progressive? Under Trump, a far-fetched idea has found a home in fringe, frustrated communities Share via Email Topics Sam Levin in San Francisco Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn features Pinterest Garcia said the Trump-fueled fury towards immigrants has led to more overt racism. While he was doing a television interview last year about children’s health and the environment – unrelated to the president or immigration – he said a man drove by and yelled “Trump! Trump! Trump!” at him. This kind of visible aggression is new, even in conservative counties, he said: “All of the sudden, your neighbor is waving a Confederate flag. That didn’t really happen before.” Despite its image as a haven for liberal values, those in rural parts of California see things differently. Photograph: Ringo HW Chiu/AP California Share on Facebook The fringe efforts, though unlikely to alter California’s political representation, speak to the fractures in California, which has attempted to defy Trump and inspired an angry counter-movement.Jeff Crow, a New California coordinator, said the “hippies” and “socialists” from the state’s major cities would be happy to separate from the rest of California: “We’ll see who thrives. It’ll be a great competition.” He added: “I love the coast. I’ll still be going to the other California to have fun.”In recent months, much of the conservative resentment in California has stemmed from a “sanctuary state” law meant to protect immigrants and limit cooperation between local police and federal deportation authorities. Tom Reed, a 57-year-old who has been involved in the Jefferson and New California efforts, said he was frustrated with the state’s decision to limit cooperation with federal authorities: “Assisting criminals makes you criminal. It’s making enforcing federal laws more expensive. California’s disagreement is costing me money.” Trump: ‘I’d love to see a shutdown’ if Democrats don’t yield on immigration Shares343343 In California’s Central Valley an unexpected item is popping up for sale in souvenir stores: Confederate flags. There’s a growing market for the hate symbol.“There’s been an atmosphere of comfort for folks that were holding these very extreme conservative views,” said Angel Garcia, an activist in Tulare County, an agricultural region where Confederate imagery has become commonplace in immigrant communities.While California is seen as the national leader of the liberal resistance to Donald Trump, it has also become increasingly polarized, with wars between the right and the left breaking out from the scenic coast to the rural farming communities that produce the nation’s food.center_img Even in the urban centers that overwhelmingly voted for Hillary Clinton, the far right and white supremacists have developed a growing presence, according to some leftwing activists. Cat Brooks, co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project, said she recently saw a group of men with visible white supremacist tattoos walking down the street in liberal Oakland in broad daylight. “America is unmasked right now,” said Brooks, a longtime activist. “Something has shifted where you feel safe to be here.” Share on Facebook California in revolt: how the progressive state plans to foil the Trump agenda Last modified on Fri 9 Feb 2018 13.34 EST Pinterest A Trump supporter in California. A movement known as ‘New California’ wants conservative areas to declare independence from the rest of the state.Photograph: David Maung/EPA A scene in San Diego’s Chicano Park, where pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters recently clashed. Photograph: Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images Resisting the resistance: anti-liberal rage brews in California’s right wing Support The Guardian California has a rich history of progressive activism, launching the Free Speech Movement, the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter and passing groundbreaking policies on the environment, marijuana, immigrants’ rights and gun control. In reaction, a far-right backlash has quietly brewed for years – and loudly exploded under Trump. Some conservatives have repeatedly called for the northern region to secede and form a 51st state called the State of Jefferson, with lower taxes and smaller government. Other recent campaigns include Six Californias, a venture capitalist’s proposal that would make Silicon Valley its own state, and Calexit, a push for California to become its own country. Read more Email Democrats We’ll see who thrives. It’ll be a great competitionJeff Crow, New California coordinator Share on Twitter The far right Republicans Share on Pinterest Facebook Since you’re here… Twitter The Trump administration and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) have promised to retaliate by increasing enforcement in California. Activists said the threats and xenophobic rhetoric has trickled down into the everyday lives of immigrants and people of color. The widening divides in the US have played out in stark ways in California, where clashes between Trump supporters and those threatened by his agenda have led to violent conflicts, battles between neighbors and dueling campaigns to draw new borders that tear apart the country’s most populous state.The latest incarnation is the so-called “New California” movement, a far-fetched initiative to have rural conservative counties declare independence from the rest of the state, which is run by Democrats and has passed a series of policies intended to undo Trump’s agenda. New California is a kind of resistance to the resistance, channeling the rightwing rage directed at the liberal havens of San Francisco and Los Angeles.“I’m just waiting for the day the federal government comes in and takes the state over,” said Ross Patterson, a New California backer from Yuba County, a northern jurisdiction that voted for Trump. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more