NEWS BRIEF A number of Republicans have backed Hillary Clinton in recent days, breaking away from their party and Donald Trump. Her camp has taken notice, particularly embracing Republican national-security figures. Now, the Clinton campaign has announced the launch of Together for America, which aims to “lead the Hillary for America campaign’s recruitment and outreach to the growing number of Republicans and Independents who are stepping forward to endorse Hillary Clinton for president.” The announcement of the group also includes new endorsements by former Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, and former Congressman Chris Shays, among others.
The decision by some Republicans to publicly support Clinton follows a divisive primary season that has revealed a deeply divided GOP. On Monday, 50 former Republican national-security officials signed a letter saying the Republican nominee “would be the most reckless president in American history.” Senator Susan Collins concurred. Following an op-ed in The Washington Post, she told CNN that Trump would make the world “more dangerous.” The campaign has released a 30-second ad echoing this argument, featuring conservatives who say Trump is “too dangerous” to be president.