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‘Bro, read the room.’ California politicians largely negative about Trump running for president

Sacramento Bee 11/16/2022 Andrew Sheeler, The Sacramento Bee

Former President Donald Trump’s announcement that he intends to run for president again in 2024 was met with mixed, but largely negative, reactions among California politicos.

“I’ve seen this show before and it’s a NO from me,” Republican Assemblywoman Suzette Valladares tweeted. “The ugliness and toxicity must end. On all sides. We need a Great Unifier. Someone young. Someone with empathy. Someone new.”

Among non-elected conservatives, reactions covered the gamut.

Orrin Heatlie, a California GOP activist who organized the failed recall effort against Newsom in 2021, wrote in a tweet, “I Love Trump! F*** Q-all!!!”

“Haven’t seen a politician this knocked down since Nixon resigned,” Republican consultant Mike Madrid, who co-founded the Lincoln Project, tweeted.

Ron Nehring, Sen. Ted Cruz’s spokesman during the 2016 presidential campaign, said in a tweet that there are lessons to be drawn from that campaign.

“The same people claiming they KNOW he’ll be the 2024 nominee were equally certain Jeb Bush would be the 2016 nominee. Politics is more than projecting a line forward,” Nehring wrote.

One of Trump’s most prominent critics in the California Democratic world, Gov. Gavin Newsom, had yet to weigh in on social media Wednesday morning. Two of his appointees, U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla and Attorney General Rob Bonta — who both handily won election to full terms — did respond.

“Twice-impeached. Two-time loser of the popular vote. Target of civil & criminal investigations. Inciter of insurrection. Propagator of the Big Lie (and many other lies). Nahh…In America, we do democracy & progress, not ego-driven unmitigated disaster,” Bonta wrote in a tweet.

Padilla tweeted that Trump has undermined the U.S. democracy, and that his announcement should not impede the investigations into him or his business, campaign or former administration.

“No one is above the law,” he said.

There was derision from some Democratic lawmakers, with Assemblyman Ash Kalra writing “Bro, read the room,” in a tweet, and Assemblyman Isaac Bryan writing, “No thanks. Sincerely, all of us,” in a tweet.

Independent Assemblyman Chad Mayes tweeted: “Lol.”

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