President Donald Trump revealed details about his “somewhat libertarian” ideology during a recent interview with Laura Ingraham of Fox News.
“If you take a look at the Libertarian… I have a Libertarian, I’m somewhat Libertarian, I have to be honest with you, Rand Paul will tell you that,” Trump told Ingraham.
Trump also gave his opinion that, after accounting for all of the fraud that took place in the vote counts, he actually won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election. He also blames Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson for taking votes away from him.
“I had a Libertarian candidate on last time that got, what, 4-1/2 percent, those are all Republican voters. They’re wasting their vote, because they have to vote for us…. If there wasn’t a Libertarian on the ticket, I would win the popular vote, I would have won it last time,” Trump said.
The president’s comments in their full context can be seen here:
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 2, 2020
Some libertarian voters may not feel that Trump is sufficiently libertarian enough to earn their vote in November. One thing Trump could do to win them over is to pardon NSA leaker Edward Snowden and vindicate his heroic whistleblowing on the deep state.
Liberty Conservative News has reported on Snowden’s assertion that it was Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden who led the campaign against him while he was serving as vice president:
“National Security Agency (NSA) whistle-blower Edward Snowden, who is living in exile in Russia, is making the media rounds yet again to promote his new memoir, “Permanent Record.”
Snowden revealed in an interview with MSNBC’s Brian Williams on Monday that former Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry colluded to strong-arm countries into denying him asylum after he made his heroic sacrifice to expose illegal, ubiquitous spying by federal officials.
“I was going to Latin America and my final destination was hopefully going to be Ecuador. I applied for asylum in 27 different countries around the world. Places like France and Germany, places like Norway, that I felt the U.S. government and the American public could be comfortable, that was fine for a whistle-blower to be in, and yet every time one of these governments got close to opening their doors, the phone would ring in their foreign ministries and on the other end of the line would be a very senior American official,” Snowden explained.
“It was one of two people. Then-Secretary of State John Kerry or then vice president Joe Biden. And they would say, look, we don’t know what the law is, we don’t care if you can do this or not, we understand that protecting whistle-blowers is a matter of human rights and you could do this if you want to. But if you protect this man, if you let this guy out of Russia, there will be consequences. We’re not going to say what they’re going to be, but there will be a response,” he added.
Snowden made it clear that he never intended to be marooned in Russia, and that he is far from a Russian asset, but the hostile behavior from the leading Democratic Party presidential contender for 2020 and other Obama-era federal bureaucrats made it impossible for him to leave.”
Liberty-leaning lawmakers like Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) are encouraging Trump to pardon Snowden as soon as possible. He should take their advice, win independent voters, and make his political enemies look terrible before the upcoming election.