SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – Democrat Gavin Newsom was sworn in as California’s 40th governor on Monday, and immediately girded for battle with President Donald Trump while flying the banner of his party’s progressive wing.
Newsom took office in a campaign-style inauguration ceremony packed with supporters and media, and featuring nods to California’s multicultural heritage with music from an African-American church choir from the Los Angeles-area city of Compton and a Mexican folk style group dressed in colors of the California flag.
As his 2-year-old son ran on and off the stage, at times pursued by Newsom’s wife, “first-partner” Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the 51-year-old governor vowed to position California – the country’s most populous state with a population of almost 40 million – as a bastion of tolerance and opportunity.
“Make no mistake, there are powerful forces arrayed against us,” Newsom said.
“Not just politicians in Washington –