Undeterred Trump reacts to rough reception, says he’ll get majority of Libertarian votes regardless

Former President Donald J. Trump expressed confidence that he would get the votes of most libertarians despite the rude reception that he received from the doctrinaire bunch.

Both Trump and independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. addressed the audience at the Libertarian Party National Convention in Washington, D.C. on Saturday with the presumptive GOP nominee being booed and heckled by some members of the crowd.

Trump followed up his Saturday speech with a post to Truth Social on Sunday, stating that he would get the “majority of the libertarian votes” even if they didn’t nominate him.

“The reason I didn’t file paperwork for the Libertarian Nomination, which I would have absolutely gotten if I wanted it (as everyone could tell by the enthusiasm of the Crowd last night!), was the fact that, as the Republican Nominee, I am not allowed to have the Nomination of another Party. Regardless, I believe I will get a Majority of the Libertarian Votes,” Trump said.

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“Junior’ Kennedy is a Radical Left Democrat, who’s destroyed everything he’s touched, especially in New York and New England, and in particular, as it relates to the Cost and Practicality of Energy. He’s not a Libertarian. Only a FOOL would vote for him!” Trump added, referring to Kennedy who received a warmer reception but failed to come away with the libertarian nomination.

Kennedy spoke to the crowd on Friday and at least temporarily appeared to be a viable option when he was nominated by a floor delegate to be the party’s 2024 candidate, setting up an awkward scene as party chair Angela McArdle called to ask him if he’d accept rather than remain as a third party candidate.

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But his candidacy for the LP wouldn’t come to fruition when he was later drubbed in the first round of voting. The former Democrat received only a miserable 2.07 percent of the vote.

“What an unexpected honor to wake up this morning to a groundswell in the Libertarian Party seeking to nominate me. I would have accepted the nomination if offered because independents and third parties need to unite right now to reclaim our country from the corrupt two-party system,” Kennedy said in a Sunday post to X.

“It was a high point of my campaign to speak at the @LPNational convention on Friday about our shared and urgent concerns. While we may not agree on every downstream issue, our core values of peace, free speech, and civil liberties make us natural allies,” he added.

Trump offered libertarians a seat at the table in his administration, giving them a choice of nominating him or continued political irrelevance.

“Only do that if you want to win,” Trump told the crowd, speaking about nominating him. “If you want to lose don’t do that. Keep getting your 3 percent every four years.”

The libertarians would go on to nominate Chase Oliver as their 2024 nominee, a name unlikely to inspire many outside of the party.

Chris Donaldson


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