California Senate President Kevin de León, taking the main stage of the Democratic National Convention Monday afternoon, held up his state as a model for progressive policies while appealing to party activists to unify behind Hillary Clinton.
California Democrats have led by raising the minimum wage, expanding affordable childcare, establishing their own program to keep immigrant families together and creating clean-energy jobs though landmark climate laws, de León, of Los Angeles, said as the convention opened here.
“We have made unprecedented progress in every area,” he said. “And when we elect Hillary Clinton as our next president, I know that our progress will be America’s progress.”
The speech gave de León, the son of an immigrant maid who grew up in San Diego, the opportunity to introduce himself to a broader audience, as well as to tout having the sixth-largest economy “on planet earth,” as he put it.
He decried “xenophobic, bombastic rhetoric,” then offered a message for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“We don’t build walls here,” de León said, reprising a line he likes to use back home, “we tear them down.”