Drumroll please … the first Republican has endorsed Hillary Clinton.
Plenty of GOP-lers have been plenty discontent with their nominee. Then former Republican Michael Bloomberg attacked Trump while speaking at the Democratic convention.
But so far their disapproval against Trump has not turned into support for Clinton. Until today.
Richard Hanna, a Republican congressman from New York, wrote an op-ed in his hometown paper, where he publicly explained why he will vote for Hillary Clinton – and why others should follow him.
“For me, it is not enough to simply denounce his [Trump’s] comments: He is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.
Secretary Clinton has issues that depending on where one stands can be viewed as great or small. But she stands and has stood for causes bigger than herself for a lifetime. That matters. Mrs. Clinton has promoted many of the issues I have been committed to over the years including expanding education and supporting women’s health care.
While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton. I will be hopeful and resolute in my belief that being a good American who loves his country is far more important than parties or winning and losing. I trust she can lead. All Republicans may not like the direction, but they can live to win or lose another day with a real candidate. Our response to the public’s anger and the need to rebuild requires complex solutions, experience, knowledge and balance. Not bumper sticker slogans that pander to our disappointment, fear and hate.”
So it finally happened. Five weeks after Hillary Clinton became the presumptive nominee, her opponent Bernie Sanders has conceded and officially endorsed her.
In his speech, Sanders thanked his supporters and vowed to make certain Clinton becomes the next president of the United Staes.
“I am proud of the campaign we ran here in New Hampshire and across the country. Our campaign won the primaries and caucuses in 22 states, and when the roll call at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is announced it will show that we won almost 1,900 delegates. That is a lot of delegates, far more than almost anyone thought we could win. But it is not enough to win the nomination. Secretary Clinton goes into the convention with 389 more pledged delegates than we have and a lot more super delegates.
Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that. She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.”
The endorsement came after weeklong negotiations between the two camps over the Democratic platform. There is a lot to be said about the possibility that Sanders lost political capital by waiting too long. After Elizabeth Warren followed President Obama in endorsing Hillary, the progressive darling attracted much attention away from Sanders.
And the fact that it took Sanders five full weeks to endorse Clinton is in stark contrast to Clinton herself – who started campaign for Obama only four days after her loss in 2008.
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Thursday must be Hillary Clinton’s new favorite day.
After an early morning endorsement by President Obama – followed by a Twitter war that scored Clinton her most retweeted tweet ever–, the former Secretary scored to more major endorsements on Thursday.
First came a rather quick one by Vice-President Joe Biden.
It was more or less a formality for Obama and Biden to endorse Hillary, but there is one Democrat whose sign of support actually means a lot – Elizabeth Warren.
Warren is a progressive senator who is beloved among the left ranks of the Democrats. In fact, many Sanders supporters loved her before they even knew Bernie existed.
In the immediate aftermath of the endorsement, many Sanders fans turned against Warren – calling her a “sellout” among other things – but once things calm down, her support could help Clinton bring Bernie supporters into her camp.
In fact, both Clinton and Warren are openly floating the idea of a two-women ticket with the Massachusetts Democrat as Clinton’s running mate.
While this is – and probably will remain to be – only speculation, Warren already joined Clinton in one important issue – her Twitter war against Donald Trump.
Now that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, President Obama didn’t have to hold back any longer and officially endorsed her in a heartfelt video message.
Obama praised Clinton while also reminiscing about their times as opponents.
“I don’t think there has ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. She has got the courage, the compassion, and the heart to get the job done. And I say that as somebody who had to debate her more than 20 times.”
Soon after the endorsement, the Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump went to Twitter to show how he felt about the announcement.
Trump’s Twitter rants are nothing new, and we could have all gone back to business as usual. Instead this happened.
Clinton’s three word reaction to Trump is a typical social media joke that’s meant to show that a tweet wasn’t funny.
And this time it set the internet on fire. So far, it has been retweeted over 400,000 times – making it the most retweeted tweet of Clinton’s campaign.
Also, it took Donald Trump over two hours to find a comeback.