Libertarian Party passes over RFK Jr. and Trump

 May 27, 2024

The Libertarian Party has decided neither to choose former President Donald Trump nor Independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as their 2024 presidential nominee. 

Instead, according to Fox News, the Libertarian Party has gone with a relatively unknown individual named Chase Oliver.

Per the outlet:

Oliver secured the nomination in the seventh round of voting after sitting in second place for the first five rounds. He received nearly 60% of the vote in the final round, finally clearing the 50% threshold required for victory, with his final opponent being the "none of the above" option.

It does not exactly sound like a resounding victory.

Why not Trump or Kennedy?

Apparently, Trump was eliminated from consideration before the voting even began.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Trump, who was nominated by New Mexico Delegate Brian Poetter, did not qualify as he is not a member of the Libertarian Party, spokeswoman Jennifer Haubein told the Washington Examiner, eliminating him as an option before the party started voting.

Kennedy, on the other hand, is a different story. The Examiner reports, "Kennedy did not receive enough votes in the first round of voting to continue to the next round and was eliminated."

So, who is Oliver?

Fox reports:

Nominee Oliver, an activist from Atlanta, Georgia, is calling for major cuts to the federal budget with the goal of balancing the budget, the end to the death penalty, the closure of all overseas military bases, and the ending of military support to Israel and Ukraine amid their respective wars. He has also said he would pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who the Trump administration indicted, as well as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and anonymous marketplace website Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht.

Trump explains

The former president took to social media on Sunday to explain why he chose not to file the paperwork necessary to be the Libertarian Party's nominee.

"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," Trump wrote.

Nonetheless, he went on to say that, in the upcoming presidential election - despite the fact that the Libertarian Party has chosen Oliver - he, Trump, still expects to get most of the votes of individual Libertarian Party voters.

"Regardless, I believe I will get a Majority of the Libertarian Votes," Trump wrote.

The former president concluded by urging Libertarians not to vote for Kennedy, writing, "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!"

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