On Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle joined Turning Point USA President Charlie Kirk for a Students for Trump rally.
Trump Jr. has subbed for his father at a series of high-profile events in Arizona over the past week. The Trump campaign hopes that the events will help Trump gain ground against Joe Biden in the polls.
During his appearance, Trump Jr. spoke about a new California law on pedophilia and warned that Democrats would bring the law to Arizona.
The new California bill known as SB-145 would allow pedophiles to not be registered on the sex offender list as long as they are not 10 years older than the minor they were convicted of molesting.
The bill states that “Existing law, the Sex Offender Registration Act, requires a person convicted of one of the certain crimes, as specified, to register with law enforcement as a sex offender while residing in California or while attending school or working in California, as specified.”
“This bill would exempt from mandatory registration under the act a person convicted of certain offenses involving minors if the person is not more than 10 years older than the minor and if that offense is the only one requiring the person to register.”
“You know what the left is doing? They’re justifying pedophilia,” Trump Jr. said. “With SB145 in California, a 24-year-old can be with a 14-year-old. Guys, at no point in my life, will that ever be acceptable.”
Trump Jr.’s explanation of the law is false. The law does not justify nor allow pedophilia. Sex between a minor and someone over the age of 18 still amounts to statutory rape in California. And prison sentences for the crime do not change.
The California bill was authored by state Senator Scott Wiener. Wiener says that the law is not a ploy “by the left” as Trump Jr. is trying to claim.
“Donald Trump Jr. is a liar. He’s lying about this bill. SB145 was literally written by law enforcement, district attorneys, and supported by the police chiefs,” Senator Wiener said.
Sponsors of the California bill include the California Police Chief Association, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assaults, and Children Now, an organization that defends the rights of children.
“All SB145 does is say we’re going to treat LGBTQ people exactly the same way we treat straight young people since 1944, which is to give judges and district attorneys the ability to decide when you have college students and high school students having sex with each other, to decide whether to put someone on a sex offender registry,” Wiener said.
In California judges still have the discretion to place offenders on the sex registry if they believe the individual is a predator.