While some may find it more than a little curious that a serious observer and analyst of American politics would write about such a thing, John Heilemann has penned a lengthy piece for Bloomberg Politics in which he explores the reasons why Larry Flynt, the notorious pornographer behind the Hustler publishing organization, is enthusiastically endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.
“…Bloomberg Politics can exclusively report that the impresario behind the Hustler empire is adding a new element to his persona: Flynt is officially ready for Hillary.”
Heilemann, who is known for co-writing a couple of notable books about presidential campaigns — Double Down and Game Change — apparently finds it noteworthy to explain that Flynt is backing the former secretary of state for one main reason: the opportunity for her, as president, to appoint more liberal Supreme Court justices. Heilemann then notes that Flynt’s spirited endorsement of Hillary Clinton, while in line with his lifelong support of Democrats, may not sit well with a number of Mrs. Clinton’s supporters.
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“But no small number of Clinton’s ardent fans, and especially those who regard her as a feminist icon, may find it unsettling—or queasy-making—to have a man who has made a vast fortune in the skin trade squarely in her, and their, corner.”
Reacting to the news that a man who once called himself “the smut peddler who cares” is now all-in for Hillary — a development that even Politico found interesting enough to post about — these Twitter users were inspired to share a few thoughts:
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