Senator Joel Anderson Introduces Donald Trump At The California Republican Convention

State Sen. Joel Anderson effectively endorsed Donald Trump for president Friday when he introduced the billionaire businessman at the California Republican Party convention in Burlingame.

In call-and-response remarks, the 56-year-old lawmaker said:

“To all the lobbyists who think they can buy our freedom — you’re fired! To all the political pundits and partisan media — you’re fired! To the Washington know-it-alls who say they can speak down to us — you’re fired! And to those who would make political pacts to undermine the voice of the people — you’re fired!”

State Sen. Joel Anderson at Burlingame meeting of the California Republican Party. Photo via

Speaking at the Hyatt Regency near San Francisco International Airport, Anderson went on to say Americans want to work hard, “and we want to win again,” echoing another Trump catch phrase.

“We all want to share the American dream,” Anderson said. “Please stand up and prepare to start winning as I welcome the next president of the United States — Donald J. Trump.”

Earlier, Anderson alluded to the protests outside that Hyatt that forced Trump and his staff and Secret Service entourage to enter the hotel from the back.

“I know some of you are sports fans,” Anderson said. “Thought I’d give you a quick score: Burlingame police/CHP 1, Protesters 0.”

Anderson, whose 38th District term ends in 2018, joined fellow East County lawmaker Rep. Duncan Hunter in backing Trump. The district is heavily Republican, and includes wide parts of North and East County, including the cities of San Marcos, Escondido, Poway, Santee, El Cajon and La Mesa.

His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.