Becerra: California ready to fight Trump administration
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California’s next attorney general, Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraTrump's use of Pentagon funds for US-Mexico border wall illegal, court rules LA coroner walks back suicide ruling in hanging death of Robert Fuller amid backlash Supreme Court denies petition to hear 'sanctuary' case MORE (D), said his state is ready to fight the Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE administration if need be. 


“I don’t think California is looking to pick a fight. We’re just ready to fight if someone tries to stop us from moving forward some progressive values that have helped so many Californians,” he told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Wednesday evening. 

Becerra, a 12-term congressman and House Democratic Caucus chairman, was tapped by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to replace Kamala Harris as attorney general. Harris, a Democrat, was elected to the Senate.    

He didn’t dispute Maddow’s characterization of California as a potential epicenter of Trump opposition, much like Texas has opposed President Obama's agenda.

“We’re not interested in having folks try to stop us. We’ll look at the Constitution of the United States, and we’ll look at our California constitution and recognize that as any other states, we will do whatever the U.S. Constitution allows us to do to protect our people and advance our interests.”

California Democrats are already mapping out ways to block Trump's potential actions — state lawmakers have introduced legislation to oppose mass incarceration of illegal immigrants, a registry of Muslims and require the administration to get California voters' approval to build a wall on the border with Mexico.