Fist or Glove: California Democrats Debate Response to Trump

LOS ANGELES — After greeting the election of Donald J. Trump with a defiant stream of attacks, California Democrats are now divided over how best to deal with an administration whose policies on immigration, health care and the environment loom as a threat to years of established law here.

Many Democrats say they want to go to the barricades, arguing that this unconventional president will respond only to forceful opposition. But others are urging a more measured diplomacy, warning that confrontation alone could further isolate a state already viewed by the White House as the center of resistance to Mr. Trump.

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