Northern California City Declares Itself ‘Constitutional Republic’ to Avoid Covid Restrictions

Anti vax protesters holding American flags and signs calling for “medical freedom” rally outside the City Hall in Los Angeles on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. The Los Angeles Police Department and local media say a man was stabbed and a reporter was attacked Saturday at a protest against vaccine mandates at Los Angeles’ City Hall after a fight broke out between the protesters and counterprotesters. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Fed up with COVID-19 regulations and vaccine mandates, one northern California city decided to take matters into its own hands.

Oroville’s city council overwhelmingly voted to declare itself a “constitutional republic” earlier in November.

According to the declaration, “Any executive orders issued by the State of California or by the United States federal government that are overreaching or clearly violate our constitutionally protected rights will not be enforced by the City of Oroville against its citizens.”

Located in Butte County, Oroville is a purple city. Here is a breakdown of the registered residents’ voting patterns:

  • 36% of registered voters are republicans
  • 35% of registered voters are democrats
  • 20% of registered voters are independent 
  • Voted for Trump in 2016
  • Voted for Biden in 2020
  • Supported Governor Gavin Newsom’s recall

The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro asks if actions similar to Oroville declaring itself a “constitutional republic” heal the political divide or making it worse.

Sacramento Bee writer Josh Gohlke joins The Chip Franklin Show to give his thoughts on the Oroville situation. Josh thinks the vice mayor’s decision to announce the city will become a “constitutional republic” on Fox News last week is incredibly insane, and he explains why.

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