Dear Mr. Hujsak:
Thank you for writing to express your concerns with President-elect Trump and his future Administration. I appreciate hearing from you, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.
First, let me say to you that I understand your concerns. My office has been flooded by calls and emails from Americans fearful of the aftermath of the election and what the new Administration will mean for our country. I have heard from families who are terrified they will be torn apart, women who are concerned they will lose their rights, and parents worried they will not be able to afford their health insurance. Others have voiced their struggle to cope with the racist and xenophobic attacks occurring within our country.
Since the election, we have been witnesses to hate against Muslim-Americans attacked for their faith, Latino elementary students humiliated by their peers who say they will be deported, and African-Americans harassed by Confederate flags and racist slurs. We have also seen an unsettling rise in buildings being vandalized by swastikas and Nazi propaganda. These disgraceful acts toward minorities, immigrants, and women are devastating to our values and everything America represents.
I will not stand aside and watch the tremendous successes achieved over the past eight years be swept away, or allow our nation’s most vulnerable populations to be targeted. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I am committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional rights of every American. I will carefully scrutinize the policies of the Trump Administration, its senior officials, and future judicial nominees. If Donald Trump is to succeed as President of the United States, he must ensure his actions reflect respect for all Americans and surround himself with advisors who do the same.
Painted across American history are times when we have chosen to band together against oppressive rhetoric and injustice. I am ready to help if President-elect Trump and his Administration are willing to work across the aisle to find pragmatic, bipartisan solutions to the many challenges facing our country. But if there are efforts to roll back the progress we have fought too long to achieve, I will do whatever it takes to defend the values of California and our nation.
Again, thank you for your letter. I hope you will continue to write to me with issues of importance to you. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C., office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.
United States Senator