California Gov. Jerry Brown Endorses Clinton, Warns of the Risks Trump and Far Right Pose to America

California’s foremost Democrat, Gov. Jerry Brown, has endorsed Hillary Clinton, saying, “I believe this is the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump.”

Brown praised both candidates, and then explained why he felt Clinton was the better choice.

“I have closely watched the primaries and am deeply impressed with how well Bernie Sanders has done,” he said in an open letter to Democrats and independents on his website. “He has driven home the message that the top one percent has unfairly captured way too much of America’s wealth, leaving the majority of people far behind. In 1992, I attempted a similar campaign.”

Brown's endorsement is significant. Not only is he a well-liked and respected governor, he also, as those who know his history recall, brought hundreds of delegates to the 1992 Democratic Convention bent on making the party more progressive. Yet he explained that Clinton is the better candidate to stop Trump when seen from several perspectives, starting with the results of primaries and caucuses in other states this spring.

“Voters have responded by giving her approximately 3 million more votes—and hundreds more delegates—than Sanders,” he began. “If Clinton were to win only 10 percent of the remaining delegates—wildly improbable—she would still exceed the number needed for the nomination. In other words, Clinton’s lead is insurmountable and Democrats have shown, by millions of votes, that they want her as their nominee.”

“But there is more at stake than mere numbers,” he continued. “The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, has called climate change a hoax and said he will tear up the Paris climate agreement. He has promised to deport millions of immigrants and ominously suggested that other countries may need the nuclear bomb. He has also pledged to pack the Supreme Court with only those who please the extreme right.”

Brown said that Trump and his embrace of the most draconian right-wing ideas must be stopped, and he can only see Clinton doing that.

The endorsement is a big advantage to Clinton, although it is not yet clear if Brown will campaign with her in the days ahead. It comes as both candidates and the nation are focusing on a California presidential primary in ways not seen since 1968, when Robert F. Kennedy faced Eugene McCarthy.

Sanders is starting his day with a series of Northern California rallies, opening in Santa Cruz, while Clinton has announced she will be returning to the state to campaign full-time before Tuesday’s June 7 primary.

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