These Are The Top Democrats Who Have Endorsed Trump’s Reelection


Former Vice President Joe Biden has amassed a historically large bloc of Republican endorsements, with hundreds of former Republican officials, strategists, media figures and even former Trump administration staffers rallying to his cause, but President Trump has struggled to keep pace with Biden’s ever-expanding list of crossovers.

Donald Trump Pardons Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

CHICAGO, IL – FEBRUARY 19: Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signs autographs after arriving at … [+] O’Hare International Airport following his release from prison on February 19, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Today President Trump commuted the prison sentence of Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat after Obama was elected president. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

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Key Facts

When Trump pardoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat imprisoned for a litany of corrupt deeds including an attempt to sell Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat, he gave Trump his endorsement, dubbing himself a “Trumpocrat.”

But that’s where Trump’s list of well-known Democratic endorsers end; perhaps the next most prominent is Vernon Jones, a state representative in Georgia who spoke at the GOP convention in August, urging his fellow Black Democrats to “leave their mental plantation.”

Nine self-described Democratic mayors from Minnesota’s Iron Range, a longtime Democratic mining region shifting Republican, endorsed Trump, citing the impact of Obama administration’s free trade policies and environmental regulations on their small mining communities, which have a collective population of under 28,000.

Gary Doty, a former Democratic state legislator and former independent mayor of Duluth, Minnesota – the Iron Range’s population center at 85,000 people – endorsed Trump and said the Democrats have “gone so far left” that he cannot support them.

Leo Terrell, a self-proclaimed Democrat, civil rights attorney-turned Fox News pundit said “law and order” is the motivation for his transformation into a vocal Trump defender, suggesting other Democrats will throw their support behind him over civil unrest despite polling now showing the opposite effect.

Former NFL player Jack Brewer spoke at the GOP convention, calling himself a “lifelong Democrat” and claiming Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) have “collectively been responsible for locking up countless black men for nonviolent crimes,” despite the Trump administration’s own “tough on crime” policies.

Key Background

Biden has been endorsed by several prominent Republicans, including Trump’s 2016 GOP primary rival Carly Fiorina, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, GOP megadonor Meg Whitman, and the family of the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), in addition to dozens of other former members of Congress, governors and cabinet officials.

Big Number

6. That’s how many former Trump administration officials have publicly come out in support of Biden. That includes Anthony Scaramucci, who served a two-week stint as White House communications director, and former Department of Homeland Security Chief of Staff Miles Taylor, who has alleged Trump promised pardons to department officials who committed illegal acts and claimed “magical authorities” beyond the law. Former DHS Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Neumann accused Trump of halting the government’s coronavirus response because “he didn’t want the economy to tank and he didn’t want a distraction from his campaign.”

What To Watch For

Despite these crossover endorsements, data suggests 2020 will feature a historically small number of actual crossover voters as hyperpartisanship has accelerated under Trump. In a Marist poll released Friday, just 4% of Republicans said they are supporting Biden and 4% of Democrats said they would vote for Trump. If that held true on Election Day, it would be down significantly from 9% of Democrats and 7% of Republicans who voted for the other party’s nominee in 2016, according to New York Times exit polling.

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