It seems that a lot of people actually meant it when they said they would not support Donald Trump. And contrary to the bleating from Trump fans, that’s a perfectly legitimate position to which they have a right. Thus we are seeing a frenzy online of people abandoning the party, burning their GOP registrations and, in a few cases, joining a brand new gang.
From the Washington Examiner:
In the hours after the polls closed in Indiana and it was announced that businessman Donald Trump had won the Republican presidential primary — thereby ending Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign — the Libertarian Party saw a doubling of its new membership applications.
Now, keep in mind, they’re talking about a trivial number of registrations. Like TINY. But the sentiment is reflective of something we are seeing all across the country. For example:
— Heather (@hfearny) May 4, 2016
One of the best, most cogent examples of a vote against the nominee comes from investor and Fox News and Fox Business contributor Jonathan Hoenig, who spells out one of the best reasons to abandon the GOP nominee: Trump is against capitalism.
In this context, Donald Trump’s business credentials are exactly what makes him so dangerous. In the minds of voters, Trump represents capitalism. But as was pointed out in this space five years ago, Donald Trump is explicitly anti-capitalist on issues ranging from taxes to anti-trust to trade.
Trump’s use of the term “rape” in describing global trade is a horrid but telling indicator of just how he views voluntary relationships.
So how is this going to play out for the Libertarian Party? More from the Examiner:
The increase in new donors and members occurred along with a rise in Google searches for “Libertarian Party” and “Gary Johnson” following Trump’s win in Indiana. The former New Mexico governor is running to be the Libertarian Party candidate for president.
Ashe Schow’s entire article is worth reading. But the bottom line is this. The majority of GOP voters – let me repeat that for Trump fans: the MAJORITY of GOP voters – have rejected Donald Trump. Not in the usual “I prefer my candidate” kind of way. In the “this is something that cannot stand” kind of way. In the “I’m burning my GOP registration” kind of way. In the “#ImWithHer” kind of way.
And maybe in the “sign me up for the Libertarian Party” kind of way too.