They said, “Gary Johnson is going to get 15% in the polls and will be included in the debates!”
“Gary Johnson is going to get 5% in the election and elevate the Libertarian Party!”
“Gary Johnson is going to win a state and force the election to Congress!”
The people are sick of the establishment and are tired of the system. They want it abolished. The “9/11 is an inside job” and “We gon’ get the globalists out of the gubment” people finally came out and voted. These people finally latched onto a candidate outside of Ron Paul and carried the candidate to victory by volunteering and reaching other voters. The Republicans who refused to vote for George W. Bush or Mitt Romney finally voted. They also carried the torch for Donald Trump.
The New York Times reports,
“Elitists may laugh at his politics,” Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime informal adviser to Mr. Trump, said about Alex Jones. Stone added, “Alex Jones is reaching millions of people, and they are the foot soldiers in the Trump revolution.”
Donald Trump made it easy for these people to fall in love with him by the way he attacked the establishment: Going after Hillary Clinton, attacking the media, and wanting to end the “Free Trade Deals” like the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Gary Johnson was not able to connect with these folks. Gary Johnson did not appear anti-establishment. A ticket with two two-term governors screams establishment. Especially when Bill Weld is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Johnson was for NAFTA and the TPP. He called Hillary “a wonderful public servant” in his first Town Hall on CNN. Some of his stances on policy even flip-flopped from 2012 to 2016.
The disenfranchised Democrats just didn’t even show up to vote. Hilary Clinton received 5,075,873 fewer votes than President Barack Obama in 2012. As stated earlier, Bill Weld and Gary Johnson courted to Hillary Clinton nearly the entire campaign. At one point, Gary Johnson made a blip on a couple media sources by saying he is no longer standing behind his comment of Hillary being a wonderful public servant. This was months after the Town Hall. Courting to the most disliked candidate will earn you nothing.
There are going to be a lot of comments about Gary tripling his vote total from last election. Some might say I need to stop being a complainer and become a doer. People will say, “Articles like this is the reason why Libertarian Party Presidential candidates lose.” They will also say that the media blacked out Gary Johnson.
I volunteered. I held fundraisers. I placed signs around my city. I gave signs to citizens in my city. I worked with employees of the Gary Johnson campaign to have a protest outside of the second debate; and Ron Nielson, Gary’s campaign manager, rejected it. Everyone below him was for the event. The campaign and I were putting together a blockbuster group of Libertarian speakers, including celebrities. It would have garnered national media. An event like that would have potentially raised Gary Johnson’s percentage to 15 percent, and put him in the third debate. Nielson threw it in the trash.
The Libertarian Party and its membership need to stop being afraid of its message. They need to elect an articulate presidential candidate who espouses pure libertarian ideology. It will be a game changer.