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For an anxious California: The upside of a Trump presidency




President-elect Donald Trump meets with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) at the U.S. Capitol for a meeting November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC.
President-elect Donald Trump meets with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) at the U.S. Capitol for a meeting November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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To say that Donald Trump's presidency is a disappointment for many Californians would be an understatement.

According to the The New York Times, 61.5 percent of voters in the state chose Hillary Clinton. Clinton even beat Trump in Orange County, which hasn't gone blue since the Great Depression.

But there may be a silver lining for Californians still in shock from election night. A recent Desert Sun article cited "5 things Californians can like about Donald Trump" pointed to increased infrastructure spending and more funding for Veterans Affairs.

Take Two’s A Martinez discussed the possible upside of a Trump presidency is John Eastman, a professor of law and community service at Chapman University.

Here are some interview highlights:

Does Trump have more in common with his critics than they think?

Eastman: I do. For example, he wants to support infrastructure spending. He wants to fund a 50-year-old problem that has crippled our inner cities. How do you do that? You bring in infrastructure, you address the failing schools and you create an economy that can provide jobs.  Part of that is regulatory reform to get the federal government's foot off the necks of people that are trying to start jobs and small businesses, but you also make sure we have an infrastructure.

How do we distinguish between campaign rhetoric and Trump's actual plans?

Eastman: I think we can bank on a couple of things. We're going to get increased border patrol, we're going to get some measure of a wall. That's going to create job opportunities in California because there will be a lot of new border agents hired. We're also going to get an increase in defense spending. Our defense spending and our military operation of the budget is the smallest its been since WWII. We have over-regulated [defense spending] in this state and have sent a lot of that industry out of state. And whether California can take advantage of the new increase and revival of our defense spending, will depend a lot on California.

How will Trump's stance on border control effect California?

Eastman: We know for a fact that there's a lot of drug trafficking, human trafficking and other kinds of crime coming across that border, as well as terrorism. And increased border control and security is going to benefit those most susceptible to being victims of those crimes. Where does that occur? Most often, in the inner cities. . .and unfortunately largely minority communities. They will benefit immensely if we try to get a handle on this problem.

One of Trump's criticisms of the Obama Administration was the perception that the country's military is weak, so how will Trump's position affect veterans, the way we take care of them and how that impacts California?

Eastman: There's going to be a serious assessment of the way we deliver health care services to our veterans. . . Rebuilding the military and restoring our presence in the world--not aggressively, not imperialistically, not to take our views of democracy and impose them on anybody else, but to ensure the conditions for freedom that will provide for security for the U.S. first and foremost.