Before election day, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti didn’t hold back when it came to Donald Trump.
“He’s a racist. He’s a bigot. He’s sexist,” Garcetti told reporters in May, criticizing the Republican presidential hopeful for his views on the economy, immigration and women, among other things. “What we cannot do with Donald Trump is normalize him as a candidate.”
That kind of criticism was common for Democratic leaders in deep-blue California, where slamming Trump brought few political risks.
But since Trump’s victory, Garcetti has adopted a more civil tone.
They spoke by phone last week, and Garcetti has...