Democratic States Vow Long Legal Fights To Trump Policies

Phillip Stucky | Political Reporter

Democrats in power in five states vowed to fight President-elect Donald Trump if he pursues policies in climate change or consumer protection, according to a Reuters report Friday.

“I view my role as being on the first line of defense against a Trump administration if it chooses to act in an unconstitutional fashion,” Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson told Reuters. Ferguson joins Democratic Attorney Generals in four other states, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York.

The Virginia attorney general said that if Trump “crosses the line and pursues actions that are illegal or violate the Constitution, Attorney General Herring will be ready to stand up and defend the rights of Virginians,” Herring said in an official press release.

“The President-elect has made a number of promises that, if implemented, would violate the Constitution or Massachusetts law,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a separate statement.

“If the incoming administration chooses to try to act in ways that are unconstitutional, my office will take action to protect the rights and liberties of our residents and our state,” she said.

Trump made several promises over the course of his campaign that Democrats plan to refuse, from a firmer stance on immigration to trade policies that border on protectionism, there are a number of sources for contention in the coming years.

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