Two time-honored California values will be at stake when voters choose in November between Kevin de León and Senator Dianne Feinstein: the right to be undocumented, and the right to privacy.
Former state Senate pro tem Kevin de León became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the undocumented in 2017, when he testified to the Senate Public Safety Committee that “almost entirely everybody” who is “undocumented” has really “secured some sort of false identification.”
“… half of my family would be eligible for deportation under [President Trump’s] executive order, because if they got a false Social Security card, if they got a false identification, if they got a false driver’s license prior to us passing AB60, if they got a false green card, and anyone who has family members, you know, who are undocumented knows that almost entirely everybody has secured some sort of false identification.”
No one can question de León’s passion for protecting people who admit to multiple federal crimes related to identity theft, but does he have the temperament to be a U.S. Senator?
At least five members of Feinstein’s hometown San Francisco Board of Supervisors think so, as does the California Labor Federation and the California Democratic Party, all of whom have endorsed the spicy Latino.
But Sen. Feinstein fought tooth and nail for both values during Senate committee hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. She tried valiantly to protect Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s privacy by allowing allegations against the judge to remain undocumented.
So, which candidate can truly protect the privacy of hard-working falsely-documented families in California’s sanctuary cities against the evil administration of President Donald Trump?
Mr. de León disqualified himself when he launched a blistering attack against Feinstein, demanding that private undocumented allegations against Kavanaugh be made public and documented.
“The American people deserve to know why the Ranking Member on the Senate Judiciary Committee waited nearly three months to hand this disqualifying document over to the federal authorities,” he said, providing fuel for the nefarious Republican narrative that ultimately led to Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Although Feinstein ultimately failed to protect Dr. Ford’s privacy, she is clearly the better candidate to protect the vision of America that has taken root in the shining sea of the West and must be allowed to sweep, un-resisted, across the fruited plains to the East.
An America where undocumented private allegations can form the basis of social-media justice campaigns against evil people who believe in the presumption of innocence, and if that fails we can just kill federal judges.
An America where all men must “shut up and step up” to protect the rights of women, but other men can accuse women of being feminist white supremacists.
What California needs is an America that presumes the guilt of white people who are not Dianne Feinstein. So, by experience, by temperament, and by gender — if not by race — we conclude that Senator Feinstein is the better choice for U.S. Senate. And Kevin de León should just shut up.