Trump again tweets support of Cox, who hopes to capitalize on the president’s endorsement with new TV ad

President Trump reiterated his support for gubernatorial candidate John Cox on Monday as the GOP hopeful plans to launch a television ad touting the endorsement in a bid to consolidate the Republican vote.

“California has a rare opportunity to turn things around and solve its high crime, high tax, problems – along with so many others. On June 5th., vote for GOP Gubernatorial Candidate JOHN COX, a really good and highly competent man. He’ll Make California Great Again!” Trump tweeted.

Trump first tweeted his endorsement on May 18, and his campaign last week put out a video about the nod that was widely shared on social media.

The moves come as Republican leaders have grown increasingly concerned that if a GOP candidate does not make one of the top two spots in the June 5 primary, it could damp

[Los Angeles Times]


Let’s take a look at each claim by Trump.

High Crime

Crime in California is at an all-time low.

High Tax

California does have some high taxes:

  • Per capita, Californians pay $1,991 annually in state income taxes, which ranks fourth highest in the country.
  • Taxes its wealthy higher than anywhere else, at 13.3 percent.
  • California has the highest-in-the-nation sales tax rate of 7.25 percent.
  • California’s average effective property tax rate is among the lowest in the nation, at 0.72 percent, or 36th among states.
  • California’s State-Local Tax Burden is ranked sixth highest in the country, at 11 percent.

But nobody moves to California for the taxes, which people are still doing.

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