Jun 14, 2016 3:46 PM GMT
http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-trailguide-former-republican-senator-endorses-1465910283-htmlstory.htmlFormer Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.) said he woke up on Monday and asked himself, “Did I really do that?” Yes, he really endorsed Hillary Clinton — a Democrat — for president over the weekend.
“If someone had told me 10 years ago I would do this, I wouldn’t have believed them,” Pressler said in an interview with The Hill .
Pressler served three terms as a Republican senator in the 1990s. But after the mass shooting that killed 49 in Orlando on Sunday, he said he concluded that the U.S. needs to ban assault weapons and institute background checks for all firearms purchases but that such a discussion is a nonstarter for Republicans.
And, he added, he simply can’t get behind Donald Trump’s attacks on Muslims and other minority groups.
“This is a very dangerous national conversation we’re slipping into," Pressler said.