In the era of President Donald Trump, Democrats are the ones looking to return power to the states.
On climate, guns, trade, infrastructure, immigration and more, they’ve gone from talking about the importance of a strong federal government to looking for any and every way to do the opposite of what the federal government is doing — and in many cases, to take action where the administration won’t.
“We have a national administration that is not keeping with where the American people are, and when it becomes as evident as it is, then it’s incumbent on people with half a brain to figure out a way around that,” said Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy.
Malloy is a member of the Climate Alliance, formed in the wake of Trump’s announcement that he’d withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, and last week joined three other governors in forming States for Gun Safety. Both groups are explicitly aimed at taking action in opposition to policy being written in Congress and making agreements among states that circumvent Washington.