Current and former governor of California Jerry Brown has made a formal endorsement of Democratic front-runner Hilary Clinton. The endorsement comes as Clinton continues to battle Bernie Sanders in the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination that is drawing close to its conclusion.
It also comes not long after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump secured enough delegates to become his party’s nominee for president.
Brown called Clinton “the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump.”
“This is no time for Democrats to keep fighting each other,” Brown said in a statement on his campaign’s website. “The general election has already begun. Hillary Clinton, with her long experience, especially as secretary of state, has a firm grasp of the issues and will be prepared to lead our country on day one.”
Brown also tipped his hat to Bernie Sanders and compared the Sanders campaign to his own run for the White House more than 20 years ago.
“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,” Brown wrote. “In 1992, I attempted a similar campaign.”
More than anything, Brown tried to drive home the importance of presenting a united front Trump, now the presumptive Republican nominee, reminding his supporters 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.” “The stakes,” Brown emphasized,”couldn’t be higher.”