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California Legislative Leaders: We Feel Like ‘Strangers in a Foreign Land’ After Election

State Sen. Kevin de León is shown in a file photo. (Credit: Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times)

State Sen. Kevin de León is shown in a file photo. (Credit: Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times)

California’s two legislative leaders vowed Wednesday to fight any attempt by the administration of President-elect Donald Trump to roll back the state’s achievements, but also said they were shocked by the results on election night.

“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,” said the statement from Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount).

The two men were staunch supporters of Hillary Clinton. De León traveled to swing states several times to campaign for the defeated presidential candidate.

On Wednesday, state-government watchers were already trying to assess the impact of a Republican sweep of the White House and Congress. Key issues, such as California’s embrace of the Affordable Care Act and aggressive climate change regulations, could face tougher scrutiny in the weeks and months to come.

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