Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon warned Friday that California might cause a “problem” for the United States by attempting to secede.
“You are a sanctuary state,” Bannon told the crowd during a speech to a California Republican Party convention, as reported by the Washington Examiner. “If you do not roll this back, 10 or 15 years from now the lords of Silicon Valley and progressive Democrats are going to try to secede from the union.”
Bannon likened California’s contentious relationship with President Donald Trump to the dynamic between South Carolina and the federal government under former President Andrew Jackson, who, prior to the Civil War, threatened to send the U.S. Army into the state and considered hanging states’ rights proponent John C. Calhoun.
“We thought the secession issue was settled 150 years ago,” Bannon said. “And it’s going to be a … problem here in California.”
In defiance of the Trump administration, California became a “sanctuary state” in early October after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill prohibiting law enforcement officers from “asking about immigration status during routine interactions.”
At the time, Brown said in a statement, “These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day.”
Criticizing the move, Bannon said in his speech that U.S. citizens “should have preference for jobs and economic opportunity,” according to The Sacramento Bee.
In response to California becoming a sanctuary state, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration hopes Californians will “push back” on Brown’s “irresponsible” decision.
Bannon also answered critics of his populist worldview, contending that its principles represent the best way to unify the Republican Party, including the establishment and evangelical Christians.
“Economic nationalism is not what’s going to drive us apart,” Bannon said. “It’s what’s going to bind us together.”
Bannon grouped the executives and employees working Silicon Valley with the “lobbyists, consultants, and corporatists and globalist elites,” saying they are all part of the political establishment that is ruining the United States.
He claimed that the highly paid people in Silicon Valley “think they get a special deal” by getting “all the benefits of a free society” while leaving it to other Americans to defend their freedoms by serving in the military, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
According to Bannon, America’s industrial heartland was destroyed because China “gamed” international trade deals that helped “Silicon Valley, Wall Street, Hollywood and Washington, D.C.”
Meanwhile, Bannon said, those who “are working two jobs are the ones who got screwed.”
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