Former Sen. Larry Pressler from South Dakota has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president and called for universal background checks on all gun sales and an assault weapons ban in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Said Pressler: “I can’t believe I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, but I am. This morning, I woke up and told my wife, ‘Did I really do that?’ But I did.”
He added: “If someone had told me 10 years ago I would do this, I wouldn’t have believed them.”
Pressler also said, “This election is starting to sound like the German elections in [the late 1920s]. This is a very dangerous national conversation we’re slipping into.”
Pressler, who is Mormon, knows that speaking ill of an entire religion is outright dangerous, saying, “Mormons are the only religious group besides the Jews who have been ordered by the government to be extinguished, killed. The worst thing is for Republicans to be silent. A lot of Republicans are just saying, ‘I’ll sit it out, I won’t vote.’ Or, ‘I’ll vote for a third-party candidate.’ But if they don’t vote, they are giving more power to dark forces.”
Pressler served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and three terms in the U.S. Senate, losing re-election to Tim Johnson (1996). He was the first Vietnam veteran to be elected to the Senate.