Republican Rep. Richard Hanna Endorsed Hillary Clinton

Something extremely unexpected just happened in the US presidential election: A Republican congressman endorsed Hillary Clinton.

On Tuesday, Rep. Richard Hanna, who represents New York's 22nd congressional district, announced he will vote for the former secretary of state this November. He's the first sitting Republican member of Congress to endorse her.

Why is this such a big deal?

Well, for starters, Republicans, particularly those in Congress, despise Hillary Clinton. Many made it their collective mission in life to discredit her career and derail her campaign.

Not to mention, this is arguably one of the most contentious eras in US politics ever, so it's not very often you see any level of support between the two major parties.

But, this is the effect Donald Trump is having on American politics: He's made things very unpredictable.

Hanna, who is set to retire when his term ends, is extremely critical of Trump, and this is precisely why he stepped up and endorsed Hillary Clinton.

In an editorial published on, Hanna wrote,

The congressman also touched on Trump's recent insults toward the parents of Capt. Humayun Khan, a fallen Muslim American soldier, writing,

Hanna stated he has many disagreements with Hillary Clinton, but essentially argued he has a lot more faith in her ability to lead than Trump.

He explained,

This endorsement comes during a tough week for Trump, who faces strong criticism from all angles, including from other Republicans like Sen. John McCain and President Obama.

Does this signify Hillary Clinton can win over more Republicans?

Perhaps, as many Republicans stated they would not support Trump or won't vote at all. So, depending on how things go over the next couple of weeks and months, their votes might be on the table.

Correspondingly, some moderate Republicans either already said they'd vote for Clinton, or signified they would consider it.

Richard Armitage, deputy secretary of state under George W. Bush, said last month he'd vote for Clinton, and Republican Sen. Susan Collins recently said it's possible she'll vote for Clinton.

This is how badly some people don't want Donald Trump to become president; they'd vote for a candidate from an opposing party.

Citations: Trey Gowdy defends two-year Benghazi probe that was riddled with partisan conflict (The Washington Post), Rep. Richard Hanna letter: We should all be done with Donald Trump (commentary) (, Where Republicans Stand on Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet (The Atlantic), Exclusive: Armitage to back Clinton over Trump (Politico), A GOP senator might vote for Hillary Clinton. Here's how rare that is. (The Washington Post)