SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown issued a battle-cry against U.S. President Donald Trump, swearing from a new attorney general likely adopt his administration and vowing to safeguard the state’s progressive laws against federal intrusion.
Without naming Trump, Brown, a Democrat, called signals within the days-old presidential administration "disturbing." He promised to push back as Trump moves to enact campaign pledges to deport illegal immigrants and roll back climate protection.
"Let me be clear. I will defend every man, woman and child who’s come here for an improved life and contributed to the well- being of your state," Brown said in the annual state on the state address in Sacramento.
As his first act throughout, Brown swore in veteran Democratic Congressman and lawyer Xavier Becerra when the state's attorney general, replacing Kamala Harris, who has been elected towards the U.S. Senate.
Brown drew standing ovations from Democrats in addition to Republicans for his speech, closing which has a roaring mention of Battle Hymn of the Republic, an audio lesson from the Union's side while in the Civil War.
"California is just not going back," Brown cried. "Not now, not ever. His truth is marching on!"
"WAR WITH WASHINGTON"
Republicans, who compose only a third of legislators during the predominantly Democratic state, praised Brown's passion but worried his rhetoric would alienate the fresh administration, putting funding for key programs at risk and lessening California's influence.
"We're visiting drop by war with Washington, D.C.," said state Senator Jim Nielsen, who represents suburban Sacramento. "That's not likely to help California."
Brown also called for civility after an election he said exposed deep divisions near your vicinity.
He praised Trump's arrange to spend federal money on infrastructure projects, crying "Amen to that!" and said "Everybody has their opinions, however, for democracy to your workplace, we have to trust one another."
Becerra, addressing reporters after Brown's speech, said he planned to meet over the next week with attorneys-general using their company states to organize strategy.
A longtime Washington insider good at working them of your aisle, Becerra, who represented Chicago in Congress, said his first community meetings could well be in the agricultural central valley, where poverty is high and voters more conservative.
He said he previously had already met with local sheriffs from round the state, and spelled out priorities this included enforcing state laws protecting consumers, victims of human trafficking while others.