Libertarians Reject Trump And RFK Jr., Endorse Who?

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( – On Sunday, the Libertarian Party nominated Chase Oliver, a political activist, chosen as its nominee for President, rejecting both Independent Candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and former President Donald Trump’s long-shot bids to garner the party’s nomination.

After being in second place for the first five rounds of voting, Oliver secured the party’s nomination in the seventh round. Oliver received nearly 60 percent of the vote, surpassing the 50 percent threshold needed to ensure victory. When the votes were being tallied, Oliver’s final opponent was the “none of the above” option on the ballot.

However, Michael Rectenwald, a professor-turned-podcaster, remained in the lead for the first five rounds of the vote, only being overtaken by Oliver in the final two rounds, after Mike ter Maat, who was eliminated in the fifth round endorsed Oliver, in exchange for the latter’s promise to be his Vice President pick.

In his victory speech, Oliver announced he would pursue a “hopeful and positive message of liberty” for libertarians and those who didn’t identify as libertarians yet.

Libertarians, according to the party’s platform, value small government, gun rights, individual freedoms, freedom of expression, and LGBTQ+ rights, in addition to rights that don’t infringe on others.

The party also opposes the death penalty, war, the war on drugs, spying on Americans, funding the war of other nations, freedom of expression, increasing the federal deficit, and pandemic lockdowns.

Trump had attempted to court Libertarians at the Libertarian convention in Washington, D.C., had been booed by attendees, and didn’t qualify for the party’s Presidential nomination, having only received a handful of write-in votes on Sunday.

On Friday, Kennedy Jr., who was also courting the party’s Presidential nomination, spoke at the convention to a more welcoming audience. However, like Trump, the Independent candidate couldn’t acquire enough votes.

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