When the attorney general in California responds to the speech by the president of the state of the Union on Tuesday, it will not be the first time that Xavier Becerra mocks Donald Trump's policy, but the first time the democratic response in the Spanish is broadcast in I live
In fact, according to the Democrats, Becerra has filed more than 100 legal actions, including 45 lawsuits, against Trump's board.
Becerra's response will be broadcast live live media in the Spanish language on Tuesday evening, while Stacey Abrams, who has met with no success for the governor of Georgia, will present the Democratic response in English.
"I always go for a home run and this time it will not be any different," Becerra told NBC News in a telephone interview.
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Americans "do not have to be deceived about what the real state of the union is if it is not so good," he said.
Becerra gave a response from the state of the Union in January 2007 when President George W. Bush closed his second term and after an election in which the Democrats won a majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
In that speech, Becerra, then Congressman, pleaded for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, but also insisted on an increase in the minimum wage, reduction of the costs of prescription drugs, cuts in university costs, more access to medical care and reforms. immigration.
The President of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi and senate leader of the Senate, Chuck Schumer, said in a statement that they have chosen Becerra to answer this year in Spanish because of their history of fighting for care. and against "the harmful and divisive attacks by the Trump government".
As attorney general of California, Becerra is the state attorney. But he has become essentially a lawyer for Americans who oppose much of the President's policy and who are the leader of the & # 39; resistance & # 39; against Trump.
He led a coalition of procurators general in the defense of Obamacare and fought against the Trump government's attempts to end a deferred action for deferred youth nights or DACA programs.
It also faces administration through the courts of education, the environment, attempts to add a citizenship question about the 2020 census and the state law that restricts the local enforcement authority to enforcement federal immigration laws.
"His moral and vigilant leadership for the benefit of working families is an essential signal for anyone who believes the best days of our country are coming," Schumer from Becerra said in a statement.
Becerra, the first Latino Attorney General in California, grew up in a low-income family, but graduated from Stanford University and Stanford Law School.
Former governor of California, Jerry Brown, appointed Becerra to end the Kamala Harris period when she was elected member of the federal senate. Becerra then won re-election last year with 61 percent of the votes.
Brown's intention was that Becerra would lead the resistance against Trump, especially to preserve what the governor had achieved in terms of climate change. Becerra, who is Mexican-American and whose mother arrived from Guadalajara at the age of 18, also has a symbolic role. Your state has the largest number of Latino's in the country.
In a study carried out in October 2018 in the Pew Research Center to 1,501 Latino's, it turned out that only 22 percent of US residents approved Trump's performance. However, of the 25 percent of Latinos identified or inclined by Republicans, six out of ten approved their work. Other more recent studies showed Trump with an approval rating of 18 to 35 percent, although most did not publish the size of their sample.
Becerra came to the post of attorney general after a long career in Congress that ran from 1993 to 2017. There he stood up to be part of the democratic leadership and was an ally of Pelosi. Before the Congress, Becerra served in the California State Assembly and was Deputy Attorney General of California from 1987 to 1990.
Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton considered him a running mate in 2016 before choosing Sen. Sen. Tim Kaine. Becerra was seen as a potential candidate for the Senate or California City Council in 2017, but he did not take part in the election and was responsible for the presidency of the powerful House of Commons and Resources Commission, which oversees tax legislation. Then Brown took him into the service of the Attorney General.
You can run for re-election in 2022; the position of the Attorney General is a springboard for a higher state office, possibly for the governor or senator of the United States.
Becerra can be considered as a new candidate for a vice president, depending on who wins the nomination.
"Nobody thinks this is the last office of Xavier Becerra", says Michael Madrid, director of Grassroots Lab, a campaign management and lobbying company.
Becerra told NBC News that he believes that many people "would like to know" how the country is doing.
"It is important to give them a candid view of the state of the union," he said, "the good, the bad and the ugly."