On Friday, hundreds of conservatives clapped for President Donald Trump as he criticized many of the state's most prominent Democrats.
Trump put a California spin on his regular campaign message by speaking negatively about the state's Democrats, as Politico reported.
“Together, we will reverse the decline of America and we will end the desecration of your once great state California,” Trump told the crowd. “This is not a great state anymore. This is a dumping ground. You’re a dumping ground.”
Although Trump has no real chance of winning the state in a general election, California still holds the largest pot of delegates in the Republican primary.
These delegates will all be up for grabs on March 5, which is also the date that the former president mentioned as a date he will likely sit in court to face charges related to his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
It is notable that the former president did not make any comment about the former senator Dianne Feinstein, who passed away on Thursday night after a long and distinguished career as one of the state's most prominent politicians, and her passing was called by many a tragic loss for the state.
On his hit list for Friday, however, were Vice President Kamala Harris, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who led the charge for Trump's first impeachment in the House, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) whose words he claimed would earn him "an electric chair times fifteen," if he spoke them.
Trump gave a somewhat mixed assessment of the state's governor, Gavin Newsom, saying that he "got along" with the Californian while he was president despite not liking the positions that Newsom held. This is a somewhat mixed appraisal.
“Gavin has become crooked Joe Biden’s top surrogate,” Trump said, suggesting without evidence that the governor’s support for the president came under the pretext that Biden would not “make it.”
At the gathering of the Republican Party of the state that took place this past weekend in Anaheim, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, businessperson Vivek Ramaswamy, and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) all had speaking opportunities scheduled.
On a debate stage in Southern California earlier this week, all three of them, along with other candidates, had thrown it out with each other, while Trump chose to skip the event.
The other Republican candidates will have a difficult time matching the level of excitement that Trump has generated among members of the state party.
In the state's Republican primary polling, Donald Trump maintains his commanding lead, just as he does elsewhere in the country.