Libertarian Shock: Anti-Trump Activist Beats Out Kennedy’s Bid for Nomination


Libertarian Party Unveils Nominee Chase Oliver

Oliver Emerges Victorious

In a decisive turn of events at its convention, the Libertarian Party has nominated political activist Chase Oliver as its presidential candidate for 2024. After a closely contested race that spanned seven rounds of voting, Oliver secured the nomination with nearly 60% of the vote, finally surpassing the 50% threshold required for victory. His final opponent was the “none of the above” option.

Oliver’s path to victory was marked by a consistent second-place finish in the first five rounds. However, true to the unpredictable nature of the race, he surged ahead in the final rounds, overcoming both professor-turned-podcaster Michael Rectenwald and Mike ter Maat, who had initially led the polls. Ter Maat’s endorsement of Oliver in exchange for the vice-presidential nomination proved to be a pivotal moment.

In a passionate victory speech, Oliver pledged to carry the message of “hopeful and positive liberty” to all, irrespective of their political affiliations.

Trump’s Unwelcome Reception

The convention was not without controversy, as former President Donald Trump made an appearance that sparked a barrage of boos from some attendees. Despite not qualifying for the Libertarian nomination and receiving only a handful of write-in votes, Trump’s speech was met with disapproval by many members present.

Oliver’s response to Trump’s presence was unequivocal: “I don’t like having a war criminal on this stage.”

Kennedy’s More Welcoming Reception

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an independent presidential candidate who had sought the Libertarian nomination, encountered a more receptive audience during his speech. Criticizing both Trump and President Biden for their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kennedy expressed his support for Libertarian principles and suggested that an endorsement could expedite his efforts to secure ballot access in all 50 states. However, Kennedy’s efforts ultimately yielded just 19 votes in the first round of voting.

Oliver’s Platform of Transformation

As the official Libertarian nominee, Oliver proposes a range of dramatic changes that challenge conventional wisdom. His agenda includes:

  • Significant cuts to the federal budget to balance the ledger
  • Abolishment of the death penalty
  • Closure of all overseas military bases
  • Withdrawal of military support from both Israel and Ukraine
  • Pardon of high-profile figures such as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht

Oliver’s bold platform is intended to reshape the country’s political landscape and ignite a debate about the role of limited government and individual freedoms.

A Blow to the Right-Wing Faction

Oliver’s triumph represents a setback for the Mises Caucus, a right-leaning faction that had gained control of the Libertarian Party at its previous convention. The Caucus, which supported Rectenwald, had engineered Trump’s controversial appearance at the gathering. Oliver’s victory now marks a shift away from the Caucus’s influence within the party.

As the Libertarian Party prepares for the 2024 election, Oliver will lead a campaign centered on his unwavering belief in liberty and his commitment to challenge the established political order.

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