Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president, lashed out at Republicans, his former party, for nominating Donald Trump as their presidential nominee.
In an op-ed for Politico, Johnson said the GOP “doesn’t even resemble that of the party I once knew,” adding that the selection of Mike Pence as Trump’s vice presidential running mate “only makes matters worse.”
Johnson compared Republicans to the Whigs in the lead up to the Civil War, a dying party, and said Libertarians are ready to take the GOP’s place.
Politico further explained the connection to the Whig Party:
In the period leading up to the Civil War, American politics was dominated by a Democratic Party and the Whig Party. The controversy over slavery split the Whigs, and the party embraced nativism, opposing immigration and members of certain religious faiths.
The Republican Party is on its way to becoming like the Whigs. The Whigs died, then a new party came forward with an inspiring and positive vision for America.
The former governor of New Mexico waxed poetic about his qualifications and accomplishments, and those of his running mate Bill Weld, while making the ridiculous claim that Donald Trump “hasn’t succeeded in business.”
Hardcore Johnson supporters were happy with his message.
@GovGaryJohnson I’ll be casting my vote for you!
— Kyle Meade (@KLM_OK) July 19, 2016
— Mark Bozek (@primetimebozek) July 19, 2016
Others gave the former governor a dose of reality.
@GovGaryJohnson DESPERATE you have no chance
— Trevor Cook (@TrevorCook20) July 20, 2016
@GovGaryJohnson no one will ever vote for u. Drop out or never be able to get into any political office. You will get destroyed
— Josh christie (@Joshchristie91) July 19, 2016
— Ken Hoag (@35start) July 19, 2016
— Ezra Rosenthal (@ezra_rosenthal) July 19, 2016
— Alex Rhymer (@arhymerHD1200C) July 20, 2016
— Tina Ferrer (@LagunaTina) July 19, 2016
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