California Gov. Jerry Brown, who earlier this year mused about building a wall around the state should Republican Donald Trump be elected, pledged Thursday to do his part to find common ground with the president elect.
But Brown also put Trump on notice that “as Californians, we will also stay true to our basic principles. We will protect the precious rights of our people and continue to confront the existential threat of our time – devastating climate change.”
Despite his complicated history with the Clintons, Brown endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton a week before California’s June primary, and then campaigned for her last weekend before Tuesday’s election.
Brown has repeatedly contrasted the intransigence gripping Washington with California’s progressive policy approaches, from joining other countries to address the threat of climate change to shielding the rights of unauthorized immigrants.
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In the statement, the fourth-term governor moved past his earlier criticism of Trump, and didn’t directly address the incoming president’s dismissal of climate change as a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese or his promised mass deportations and a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
California Democrats have been grappling with the potential fallout of a Trump presidency. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Thursday that Trump’s possible inclusion of Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, on his immigration transition team amounted to “a threat to diverse communities throughout our nation” and “an imminent assault on our collective voting rights and civil rights.”
State Senate President Kevin de León said Wednesday that he’s asked officials to assess the impacts on the state’s health insurance exchange, reimbursement rates for low-income seniors, school and senior lunches and health services for undocumented children.