How Are Californians Dealing with Trump Presidency? Professor McDaniel Weighs In

Tuesday, November 07, 2017
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KALW-FM, CITY VISIONS (SAN FRANCISCO) -- It's been almost a year since Donald Trump was elected president, and on issues from immigration to climate change, California’s been putting up a fight. Host Joseph Pace and guests look at how our state has been influencing national law and policy, the limits of resistance and the future of California’s relationship with Washington.

Jason McDaniel, associate professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University, says he has been struck by politicians’ leadership to get work done in a “low-key, no-drama” fashion despite the circus in Washington, D.C.

“Our state is not being, I think, torn apart by some of the racially divisive tactics that people like Steve Bannon brought into the White House, especially, and that Trump seems so taken with,” McDaniel says. “Looking back on this last year, I’m struck by those states, metropolitan areas, especially mayors, that are just focusing on doing their job and not getting distracted.”