Trump Skeptical California’s 1850 Admission to U.S. is Real

Trump: ‘Do we really know?’

As California struggles to contain its worse fire season ever, President Trump ignited a new conflagration by wondering if the state is even part of the United States because, while the documents granting statehood in 1850 are presumed to be authentic, does anyone really know for sure that they are?

In comments to Good Morning America this morning, Trump said he’s “skeptical” that California’s original application for admission to the United States is authentic. “You know, people aren’t so sure California is even a state and they shouldn’t be dismissed as idiots,” he said. “In the early days, did very many people really know California was a state? You’d ask people, and, it’s funny, but there weren’t that many people who knew, if you read the history. No one really talks about that.”

Supposedly statehood ‘happened’ in 1850

Trump brought the issue up again a few hours later on The View. “I’m just saying, it would answer questions people have if the state and its governor, Jerry Brown, would just show us a record of the 1849 vote they had at that constitutional convention in Monterey,” he said. “People just assume, ‘Hey it’s California. Of course they’re a part of the United States, the precious United States. But have we actually seen a copy of that vote? I just think there’s something in the record that Gov. Brown doesn’t like or we would have seen that.” He also questioned the record on the 1850 vote in Congress on California statehood.

Since he became president, Trump has been at odds with California on many issues, most recently auto emission standards and whether the state hurt its ability to fight its wildfires by diverting water to the Pacific Ocean. The two have also been at odds on immigration, trade, and climate change. The state is also heavily Democratic and voted overwhelmingly for his opponent in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton.

People are asking

White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller said on CNN today it’s absurd for Democrats and “people with Trump Derangement Syndrome” to read into the President’s remarks the idea he’s trying to rile up his base by questioning the eligibility of California to be a part of the United States and to receive federal fire aid should it seek it. “The President’s motives will not be questioned,” he said.

What’s Brown hiding?

Trump escalated the issue later today with call-in remarks to NBC TV that he won’t let go of the issue because he’s not satisfied the state has proven it’s actually part of the country. “Many people are saying, ‘We just want the state to release official records of their vote,” he said. He added that he would be willing to “donate $5 million of my own money to anyone who can provide proof the state’s application to Congress in 1850 is real. I’ll donate it to the charity of the person’s choice.”

He also questioned whether Congress would have voted in California as a free state, since it already had a history of employing Mexicans to do much of its labor. “Do we really know it would have applied as a free state?” he said. “That was a big question back then, slave or free? People assume we know the answer to that, but a lot of very smart people are asking to see the application.”

The state, with just under 40 million people, is the largest in the United States by population. Its GDP, at almost $3 trillion, is the largest in the country and would make it the fifth largest economy in the world.

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