SAN DIEGO, California — First there was Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton calling Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables.” Now post-election, California lawmakers mourning a Clinton loss suggested that Californians who voted for now President-elect Donald Trump are supportive of “resentment, bigotry, and misogyny.”
The day after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump overwhelmingly won election to the highest office in the land, California State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released an official statement on the election results:
Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California.
We have never been more proud to be Californians.
By a margin in the millions, Californians overwhelmingly rejected politics fueled by resentment, bigotry, and misogyny.
The largest state of the union and the strongest driver of our nation’s economy has shown it has its surest conscience as well.
California is – and must always be – a refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations – regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love.
California has long set an example for other states to follow. And California will defend its people and our progress. We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, scientific advancement, economic output, and sense of global responsibility.
We will be reaching out to federal, state and local officials to evaluate how a Trump Presidency will potentially impact federal funding of ongoing state programs, job-creating investments reliant on foreign trade, and federal enforcement of laws affecting the rights of people living in our state. We will maximize the time during the presidential transition to defend our accomplishments using every tool at our disposal.
While Donald Trump may have won the presidency, he hasn’t changed our values. America is greater than any one man or party. We will not be dragged back into the past. We will lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our Constitution.
California was not a part of this nation when its history began, but we are clearly now the keeper of its future.
Almost 3 million Californians voted for Trump, compared to nearly 5.5 million that voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton, with some ballots still being counted. Ultimately Trump won the night, receiving the required number of electoral votes from across the country.
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson pulled out almost 300,000 votes in California, Green Party candidate Jill Stein received just over 150,000, and Peace and Freedom candidate Gloria Estela La Riva won just over 38,000 votes.
Just prior to California’s June presidential primary election, Trump held a rally in San Jose. Video and photos show Trump supporters attacked by anti-Trump protesters. One man wasseen on video being slammed in the side of the head, leaving him bleeding from the ear. Other Trump supporters were seen on video being punched. One woman was taunted and took an egg to the face in front of the national media. Despite the attacks against Trump supporters, San Jose’s mayor, Democrat and Clinton supporter Sam Liccardo, blamed Trump for the violence.
Photos and video from outside a pre-general election Trump rally in San Diego, California showed a warning that Trump would be killed by a cartel within a week of becoming President and chants of “f**k Donald Trump” and “f**k the police.”
Since then, Project Veritas released video that revealed Democrat operatives had been employing “bird-dogging” to incite violence at Trump rallies.
After Trump’s election, an anti-Trump protester shown in CNN coverage of Wednesday night protests in Los Angeles called for death and violence, while video showed the burning of a paper mache Trump head.
On Wednesday, the day after Trump won the presidency, #Calexit began trending on Twitter, suggesting California secede from the United States of America.
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