Mass. Dems look for ways to resist Trump

Associated Press
Published: 2/15/2017 10:54:05 PM

BOSTON — Democrats in one of the country’s most liberal-leaning states are searching for ways to resist President Donald Trump.

On Wednesday, Democratic members of the Massachusetts House met for two hours in an unusual closed-door caucus that was part strategy session, part group therapy.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo said his fellow Democrats raised a slew of areas where they differed with Trump, from immigration and health care to Planned Parenthood and climate change.

“I think most importantly they want to see action and a statement to our constituents that we hear their concerns, we don’t agree with what’s going on with the Trump administration, and we here in Massachusetts to the best of our power are going to do something about it,” DeLeo told reporters after the caucus.

He declined to name specific actions, other than opposing a plan by one of the state’s sheriffs who offered to send county jail inmates to help build Trump’s promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

DeLeo said he wasn’t comfortable with going as far as naming Massachusetts a so-called “sanctuary state,” saying that decision should be left to individual cities and towns.

“The biggest message I got is that people want to be able to just keep on showing that Massachusetts is different,” DeLeo said.

Massachusetts leaned heavily against Trump in last year’s election, handing Hillary Clinton a 27-point margin of victory.


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