California Gov. Jerry Brown has made his decision about who he’s voting for in his state’s presidential primary on June 7, and he does not #FeelTheBern. The Golden State governor on Tuesday announced his support for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in an “open letter” to Democrats and independents.
In the letter, Brown says he has decided to cast his vote for Clinton “this is the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump.”
“I have closely watched the primaries and am deeply impressed with how well Bernie Sanders has done. 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 said in the letter. “For her part, Hillary Clinton has convincingly made the case that she knows how to get things done and has the tenacity and skill to advance the Democratic agenda.”
He noted that the former secretary of state has won 3 million more votes and has a lead of several hundred delegates over Sanders.
“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,” Brown added.
But he also emphasized the threat of Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, pointing to the New York businessman’s views on climate change, his promise to deport all undocumented immigrants and his potential nominees to the Supreme Court as areas of concern.
“The stakes couldn’t be higher. Our country faces an existential threat from climate change and the spread of nuclear weapons. A new cold war is on the horizon. This is no time for Democrats to keep fighting each other,” Brown’s letter said. “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.”
Despite Clinton’s nearly insurmountable lead over Sanders, the Vermont senator has vowed to stay in the race until the last primaries and to keep pushing for change at the Democratic National Convention this summer. Both candidates have been competing vigorously in California, which has 546 delegates up for grabs.
Though Clinton is the favorite to win and has been doing well in California polls, if Sanders does well there it could continue to show Clinton’s weaknesses. This endorsement from Brown is likely to help her as she tries to split her time between California and New Jersey, which also votes June 7, and attacking Trump in preparation for the general election.