Forget the wall along the southern border, Donald Trump recently made what may be his boldest claim yet. During a rally in Fresno, California, Trump said that there isn't really a drought, and that if he wins the presidency, he's going to solve the water problem.
Trump gathered intel from his friends in California who alerted him to the fact that there is water, but it's being pumped into the sea allegedly in order to protect "a certain kind of 3-inch fish."
"We're going to solve your water problem. You have a water problem that is so insane, it is so ridiculous, where they're taking the water and shoving it out to sea. I just met with a lot of the farmers who are great people, and they're saying we don't even understand it. I've heard this from other friends of mine, in California where they have farms up here and they don't get water. I said oh that's too bad is it a drought, they said no we have plenty of water. I said what's wrong, 'well we shove it out to sea'."
"Now they're trying to protect a certain kind of 3-inch fish. Think of it, nobody even knows why, and by the way the environmentalists don't know why."
After explaining the the senators are playing both sides of the fence, The Donald promised that once he's president, he'll remedy the situation.
"So we're going to be back up here, if I win believe me we're gonna start opening up the water so that you can have your farmers survive, so that your job market will get better."
"I'm asking everybody why, and nobody can really explain why they do this. When your with the senators they want you, and then they go over to the environmental side and they want them, and then you say gee that's strange, they're for me, we want the water, but the environmentalists just endorsed them. So they play both sides of it, but they're actually not for you. But we're gonna get it done, and we're gonna get it done quick. Don't even think about it, that's an easy one."
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As a reminder, California really is experiencing a significant drought as we've covered many times over the last few years (here, here, & here), so The Donald may have just bitten off a bit more than he can chew on with this promise.
As for the 3-inch fish theory, that may help in some small way (quartz has a nice follow up to that here), but there remains a real issue in the state.