Newly elected congresswoman Pramila Jayapal:
'Like many of you, I woke up this morning feeling shocked and then fearful of what lies ahead for America. But this is not the time to sit down in the face of set backs,' said Jayapal in a statement.
'To the people of the 7th Congressional District and progressive voters across the country, I ask that we stand together - not just for our progressive ideals but to stop the disastrous rollback of decades of mainstream progress in this country. This is not the fight we would have chosen, but we will fight it the way we have fought to protect our rights and freedoms in the past.'
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray:
'Regardless of tonight's national results, tomorrow Seattle will remain a city guided by the values of equality, inclusion, and openness. Tomorrow we will continue to support women, we will welcome as neighbors our Muslim brothers and sisters, and tomorrow Black Lives will still matter. Our City will remain strong because of our diversity, not in spite of it.
'In Seattle, our results show a city ready to lead in building a more equitable and progressive future.
'As we look forward, we will challenge our people to live up to our values, to ensure we build on the foundation that was laid tonight, and that we foster the equitable, inclusive world we envision.'
Seattle will remain a 'sanctuary city' for undocumented immigrants even if that means losing federal funding, Mayor Ed Murray promised a large crowd gathered inside City Hall on November 9.
'These are our neighbors, and we will continue to support our neighbors,' Murray said. 'We can't allow ourselves to be divided and sorted out. That's not America.'
Rep. Adam Smith:
'President-elect Trump ran the most bitter, divisive, and negative presidential campaign in history. Now he claims he wants to change his tone. For the sake of our country, I hope he does.
'From day one, I will do everything I can to hold President-elect Trump and his administration accountable. I would like to see his agenda create good jobs, increase equality and equity, and respect the rights of all Americans, particularly women, communities of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and immigrants. However, if he continues to divide us as a nation, I will fight him every step of the way.'
Sen. Bernie Sanders:
'If Donald Trump takes people's anger and turns it against Muslims, Hispanics, African-Americans, and women, we will be his worst nightmare.'
HRC CEO Chad Griffin:
'This is a crucial moment for our nation and for the LGBTQ movement. The election of a man who stands opposed to our most fundamental values has left us all stunned. There will be time to analyze the results of this election, but we cannot afford to dwell. We must meet these challenges head on.
'Over the last 18 months, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have intentionally sowed fear and division for cynical political purposes. They now face a decision about whether they will also govern that way. We hope, for the sake of our nation and our diverse community - which includes women, people of color, those with disabilities, immigrants, and people of all faiths and traditions - they will choose a different path.
'For our part, HRC will continue our fight for equality and justice for all with greater urgency and determination than ever before. We must. Lives literally depend on it&
'The defeats we have suffered tonight demonstrate that our future victories will require us to dig deeper and work harder to continue bending the moral arc of the universe toward justice and equality. We must fight to protect our progress, and to limit the damage that Donald Trump has promised.
'To every LGBTQ person across this nation feeling stunned and disheartened, and questioning if they have a place in our country today, I say this: You do. Don't ever let anybody tell you otherwise. Be bold, be strong, and continue to stand up for the principles that have always made America great.
'At a time like this, we don't slow down. We double down. Tomorrow, HRC will set to work once again, undeterred and focused on our mission to realize a world in which every single LGBTQ person is safe and equal and valued.'
NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell:
'By a slim margin, this nation has elected a demagogue who trafficked in bigotry, stoked racist hatred, and normalized misogyny. The election of Donald Trump as president threatens basic principles of human dignity and justice. Many of our most cherished values - inclusion, honoring difference, embracing equality, dismantling oppressive systems - are in jeopardy, but we will not be deterred.
'This is the moment we are called to resist. We are about to be tested as never before, and speaking for myself, and NCLR, we will not stand down, sit idle, or be silent in the face of oppression, bullying, or threat. This election result is devastating for our nation and especially for the most vulnerable. But we will fight on and will never give up. We must be the ones we are waiting for. Together, we fight on and we fight back. We must harness our grief, fear, and outrage and serve justice.'
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