California's Democratic governor issued his first statement Thursday in reaction to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.
Gov. Jerry Brown said the liberal Golden State would ""stay true" to its basic principles, but must also seek to heal the divisions within the country -- not deepen them.
"While the prerogatives of victory are clear, so also are the responsibilities to ensure a strong and unified America.," Brown said. "As President Lincoln said, ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’"
The governor's remarks come the day after California's leaders in the Legislature said they would use "every tool at our disposal" to retain the progressive policy strides made in the state.
"In California, we will do our part to find common ground whenever possible," Brown said. He added that California will "continue to confront the existential threat of our time – devastating climate change."
Brown said it is especially incumbent on the Trump administration to heal the country's ideological and social divide.
The governor's full statement:]
“Today we saw the beginning of the transfer of power to the President-elect.
While the prerogatives of victory are clear, so also are the responsibilities to ensure a strong and unified America. As President Lincoln said, ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’ With the deep divisions in our country, it is incumbent on all of us – especially the new leadership in Washington – to take steps that heal those divisions, not deepen them. In California, we will do our part to find common ground whenever possible.
But as Californians, we will also stay true to our basic principles. We will protect the precious rights of our people and continue to confront the existential threat of our time – devastating climate change.E PLURIBUS UNUM.”