SAN DIEGO (CN) – On Tuesday, President Donald Trump will a pay his first visit to California since taking office to personally inspect prototypes for his border wall steps away from the U.S.-Mexico border and attend a fundraiser in Beverly Hills where he is expected to be greeted by hundreds of protesters “resisting” his administration.
The visit marks Trump’s first visit to San Diego since he was a candidate on the stump in 2016. During his last visit, Trump famously remarked that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, presiding over the Trump University class actions in the Southern District of California, was a “Mexican” who could not preside over the cases fairly. Trump settled the cases before his inauguration, an agreement recently upheld by the Ninth Circuit.
Those remarks about Curiel and Trump’s campaign promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border, has led to the Golden State earning a reputation as the incubator for the “resistance” against Trump’s administration.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has taken the Trump administration to court 28 times so far, including an environmental suit against the border wall over which Curiel is also presiding. He recently found in favor of the federal government, ruling environmental laws could be waived to speed up construction of the border wall.