California is preparing to defend itself — and the nation — against Trump 2.0

By Blanca Begert | 03/26/2024 07:14 PM EDT

California officials are dusting off the playbook that made them a bulwark against former President Donald Trump from 2016-2020.

Former President Donald Trump talks with California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Gov. Gavin Newsom is preparing for former President Donald Trump to take a sledgehammer to California's climate policies if he wins a second term in November. Evan Vucci/AP

SACRAMENTO, California — Gov. Gavin Newsom is readying an army of bureaucrats to defend the state’s nation-leading climate policies against a potential second Trump administration.

Newsom administration officials are keenly aware that deep-blue California is a prime target for former President Donald Trump’s political diatribes and policy rollbacks — and they fully expect he’ll resume his attacks on the Golden State if he wins in November.

Trump campaign officials openly acknowledge that they plan to attack California policies, confirming to POLITICO this week that the state’s electric vehicle programs would be a top target.


“We know the playbook,” said Newsom at the recent signing of a climate change agreement with Sweden. “We’re definitely trying to future-proof California in every way, shape or form.”