Uh-Oh, Trump; Hillary Picks Up Notable Republican Endorsement

Prominent Republican declares support for Clinton.

A prominent Republican declared his support for Clinton following the Orlando Shootings.

As The Hill reports:

A former Republican senator is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president after the mass shooting in Orlando, citing her support for gun control.

Former Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.) called for universal background checks on all gun sales and an assault weapons ban Monday in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

“I can’t believe I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, but I am,” said Pressler, who spoke with The Hill on Monday after endorsing Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, in a statement issued over the weekend.

“This morning, I woke up and told my wife, ‘Did I really do that?’ ” he said. “But I did.

“If someone had told me 10 years ago I would do this, I wouldn’t have believed them.”

Pressler, a moderate Republican who served three terms in the Senate before losing his seat to Democrat Tim Johnson in 1997, said he believes voting for Clinton is the “responsible thing to do.”

Will this be the start of a trend, or is Hillary’s endorsement from a former Republican Senator more oddity than possibility? It is certainly easier — from a political perspective — to make a blunt declaration like this when you are not a sitting elected official or a candidate seeking office, but sometimes it doesn’t take much to open the floodgates.

5 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. mamajama55 says:

    All of my Republican relatives plan to vote for Clinton. There are also a couple of Bernites in the woodshed.

  2. Voyageur says:

    Not sure what my inlawswill do.   They are ultra evangelicals and the fact that Trump is an admitted whoremonger who claims to read the bible but clearly doesn't really bothers them.

  3. davebarnes says:

    Is South Dakota even in the USA?
    Isn't it. like, Southern Canada, Eh?

  4. IndependentProgressive says:

    Is Larry Pressler a Republican again?

    A flake endorsing a flake.

    He was an independent candidate for U.S. Senate in South Dakota in 2014.

    This is the "closet Senator": Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.) once mistakenly walked into a closet while intending to leave a Senate committee meeting. He stayed there for several minutes. Virtually everyone in the room seemed aware that the senator was in the closet. When he stepped out—to cover his embarrassment—he paused and waved as though conferring with someone who was still inside.

    Of course, Clinton being at best a moderate Republican masquerading as a Democrat, this is no great surprise; there is a reason a lot of Republicans like Hillary … she is for all intents-and-purposes one of them.

    another_neocon_endorses_clinton_calling_her_2016s_real_conservative_and_the_candidate_of_the_status_quo

  5. Voyageur says:

    If Hillary is really a Republican, why'd the GOP  Senate create a standing committee for the sole purpose of defaming her?

    Benghazi!

    Benghazi!

    Benghazi!

    snore

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