The Free Hugs Project interviews Jill Stein, but leaves endorsement on the table for other candidates willing to talk.
By: Crystal Byrd
Good ol’ Gary Johnson, just spent a whole lot of money on memes, but missed this golden opportunity to get out the Libertarian message with the wildly popular Free Hugs Project. Green party candidate Jill Stein jumped right in, and will now benefit from the exposure to the large social media audience of the organization, but has not secured an official endorsement from the organization. Shoulda, woulda, coulda…oh Gary.
The interview is brief, but allows Stein to cite examples from Richmond California, a city that is viewed by some as a model for police culture in low-income minority communities. The city has implemented a plethora of unique approaches over the past ten or more years to reach the level of community trust it now enjoys. Many of the policies employed in Richmond easily fit with Libertarian ideology and if GJ or his staff had been willing, it would have been great to see the Libertarian candidate sitting there instead.
Who knows…maybe someone can pass it along to Johnson and he can reach out to the founder Ken Nwadike, and have a better conversation, or maybe he thinks he’s gotten too big with his 13% at the polls. The last time I checked you needed 15% and the Free Hugs Project Facebook page has over 675,000 likes. It’s kinda a big deal.
Ken had this to say about the interview after someone questioned his endorsement of Jill Stein…
“Any candidate that is willing to sit down with me and discuss important issues is awesome. That includes Trump, Hillary, or Johnson. So far, Jill was the only one that was willing to meet. Saying she’s awesome is not an endorsement, I’m simply showing appreciation for her time and a great discussion. We spoke for 30 minutes and I really enjoyed our conversation. And I like that she’s a huggy person!”
So, maybe if Gary plays his cards right…Ken’s endorsement is still available and more powerful than a bunch of Republican politicians nobody has ever heard of- in this writer’s humble opinion.