Written by Ashton Snyder on
 May 27, 2024

Trump And Kennedy Denied Libertarian Nod

In a surprising turn of events, neither Donald Trump nor Robert F. Kennedy Jr. secured the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination.

According to the Washington Examiner, Trump was disqualified for party membership issues, while Kennedy failed to garner sufficient votes.

During the Libertarian Party's nomination process on Sunday, former President Donald Trump and independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. faced major setbacks. Trump was nominated by New Mexico Delegate Brian Poetter but was disqualified for not being a member of the Libertarian Party.

Trump's Claims And Disqualification

Trump explained that he did not actively pursue the Libertarian nomination due to existing restrictions on holding multiple party nominations. Through his Truth Social platform, Trump voiced his belief that he would still capture a significant portion of Libertarian votes despite his lack of an official nomination.

These claims by Trump have sparked considerable debate. Trump also criticized Robert F. Kennedy Jr., labeling him a "Radical Left Democrat" and asserting that only a fool would vote for him.

Trump's attempt to engage the Libertarian Party was met with resistance, culminating in boos and jeers from attendees during the convention.

Kennedy's Unexpected Honor

Contrastingly, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. called it an "unexpected honor" to be nominated. Pennsylvania Delegate Nathan Romig and Florida Delegate Hector Roos nominated Kennedy, but he did not receive sufficient votes to advance past the first round.

Speaking on X, Kennedy expressed his willingness to accept the nomination if offered, emphasizing the need for independents and third parties to unite against the entrenched two-party system. He shared his goals of ending "forever wars" and restoring the authority of the Bill of Rights.

Kennedy’s speech at the Libertarian National Convention was hailed as a high point of his campaign. His vice-presidential pick, Nicole Shanahan, was also present at the convention.

Prominent Libertarian Nominees

Amid the spotlight on Trump and Kennedy, notable Libertarian candidates such as Chase Oliver, Mike Ter Maat, and Michael Rectenwald secured attention for their bids. A point of order raised during the proceedings cast initial doubt on Kennedy's eligibility, due to his failure to sign a statement of intent to seek the nomination.

However, the party later overturned this procedural concern, allowing Kennedy to be considered. Despite this, the voting outcome ultimately spelled the end of Kennedy’s nomination quest.

Prominent Libertarian contender Chase Oliver openly criticized Trump's effort to win the nomination, describing Trump’s belief in his ability to earn it as delusional. Oliver's critique highlighted a broader sentiment of disapproval among Libertarian party members toward Trump's maneuvers.

Party Unity And Future Prospects

The Libertarian Party has excluded high-profile figures such as Donald Trump and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., emphasizing its commitment to uphold its principles and membership standards. During the recent convention, Trump was disqualified, and Kennedy did not advance, sparking debates about the party's future direction. These decisions highlight the party's focus on promoting prominent Libertarian candidates and maintaining its ideological purity.

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