Trump taunts Libertarians after rough reception at party convention

Matthew Medsger, Boston Herald on

Published in Political News

Former President and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump made an appeal to Libertarian Party voters over the weekend that, despite its fairly historic nature, likely did not go as planned for the 45th President.

Trump joined the nation’s third largest political party for their national convention in Washington D.C. on Saturday, just a day after independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. addressed the group with somewhat mixed results, when the former president called on the party to back his second try for a second term.

“Everyone here tonight believes that we must fight for the same fundamental freedoms — freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of the right to own a firearm, and freedom from over-taxation,” Trump said.

Kennedy was nominated to potentially join the party’s presidential ticket, an “unexpected honor” he accepted. A party delegate tried to nominate Trump, the first former president to address the Libertarian National Convention in the party’s history, but the Republican was disqualified from nomination by party officials over his failure to file nomination papers.

His appearance at the event and direct appeal to the party members for their nomination or their vote, it’s fair to say, was not well received.

Ahead of Trump’s arrival, a party delegate made a motion “to go tell Donald Trump to go f*** himself,” which despite not being carried by a vote was met with loud applause.


Trump entered the convention floor to the sound of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA,” and singing fans didn’t quite manage to drown out the very audible displeasure of some delegates. When Trump did take the stage under the party’s “Become Ungovernable” event banner, he was met with loud jeers.

“I am truly honored to be invited here tonight as the first president in American history to address the Libertarian National Convention, great honor,” Trump said. Many in the audience responded with boos.

“MAGA = Socialists,” a sign held by one man read.

“In the last year, I’ve been indicted by the government on 91 different things. If I wasn’t a Libertarian before, I sure as hell am a Libertarian now,” he said. The audience responded with more boos.


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