CAPE CORAL, Fla. – On Tuesday, Dan Severson received an endorsement from Clint Lorance, the former Army 1st Lieutenant, who was recently pardoned by President Trump after serving six years in the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.
“Today I am announcing my support for Dan Severson for congress and the reason why is because I know he has been a fighter his entire life. He’s a warrior and he’s the kind of warrior that we need right now in 2020 to send to Washington D.C. to fight for Florida District 19,” said Lorance, who recently moved to Florida following his pardon. “I have spent time talking with Dan and I have no doubt that he has the leadership qualities we need to help our country through these extremely troubling times.”
Lorance was originally sentenced to 19 years in prison for two counts of 2nd degree murder, after he ordered his men to open fire on three Afghan men who were approaching his platoon on motorcycles in Kandahar, Afghanistan. According to the Army Times, the specific area they were in was known to be a hotbed of Taliban insurgent activity and the platoon had come under fire the day before the incident.
It is important to note that Lorance never fired his weapon during the altercation and evidence was later found linking all three Afghan men to bomb-making networks, with their fingerprints found directly on bombs. Additionally, it is also a commonly known fact that the preferred method of transportation for Taliban military aged males is often motorcycles.
On Nov. 15, 2019, Lorance received a full pardon from President Trump after years of support from FOX News Channel’s Sean Hannity. Additionally, Lorance’s story was featured in the documentary series Leavenworth on Starz, which focused on the incident.
“I have no doubt that Clint was wrongly used as a political prop by the Obama administration at a time when they desperately needed someone to take the fall for mounting civilian casualties in Afghanistan,” said Severson. “I am grateful that President Trump pardoned Clint and I thank Clint for his endorsement. When I am elected, I will work to put laws into effect that protect our men and women in uniform from the sort of unfair treatment Clint was subjected to. The bottom line is that our soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and Coast Guardsmen deserve to rest assured that if they feel threatened, they have every right to defend themselves. Furthermore, that right extends to all Americans.”
Severson, who is one of nine candidates running for the District 19 seat, is a former Navy commander and Top Gun fighter pilot. He is the most ardent pro-gun supporter of the 2nd amendment running in the race, and is also a major proponent of legislation supporting servicemembers and veterans.
Florida’s 19th Congressional district covers Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Marco Island and Naples.
In addition to being endorsed by Lorance, Severson has been endorsed by the conservative Republican former Minnesota governor, Tim Pawlenty, and by Michael Johns, the co-founder and leader of the National Tea Party Movement.