Yesterday, August 13, 2015, the news media was full of stories regarding Trump leaving the Republican Party due to his poor treatment by the party. Additionally, there are some conspiracies mulling around suggesting Trump is ultimately working to get Hillary Clinton elected to the presidency and is not genuinely interested in being President. With his poll numbers, Trump could could tip the scales ensuring her an easy win if he ran independent or with another political party. Depending upon the timing in which Trump jumped to another political party, he could face “sore loser” laws in some states causing him not to be included on the ballot in 2016. This is an issue Gary Johnson had to face when he left the Republican Party to run for the Libertarian Party nomination in 2012. Johnson is expected to enter the 2016 race for President of the United States within the next two months as a candidate seeking the Libertarian Party nomination. At some point, if Trump got out of the race, Johnson could pick up a large number of his supporters who are dissatisfied with the Republican-Democrat political machine.
Donald Trump certainly has the Republican Party establishment confused, angry and stumped about what to do about the Trump “phenomenon.” Although the Republican Party establishment clearly dislike Trump, they are also afraid for him to take the large number of his supporters away from the party. The mainstream media and many political pundits feign they are confused as to Trump’s popularity; however, as it is all political theater in an effort to gain Internet clicks, television ratings and more newspapers sold to the American public. The media and Washington insiders know the game while Americans lap it up.
The candidates who garner the most media attention will do the best in the polls and ultimately will be elected to public office. This is why the establishment works so hard to keep third party candidates out of the media, off ballots and out of the debates, so they can keep the two-party duopoly going. Through his personal experience, two-term New Mexico Governor and 2012 Libertarian Party presidential nominee, Gary Johnson understands this factor as well. Johnson said yesterday, “Like the politicians in the Republican and Democrat Parties, the news media is having trouble understanding how so many people can be supporting a guy without really even knowing where he stands on most issues — and despite some pretty outrageous things he has said.”
Johnson noted how in tune with the American people he and his Our America Initiative are with the American people and how he is shaking up the establishment. He said yesterday, “From our efforts to reform marijuana laws across the nation to our fights against unconstitutional surveillance of American citizens and ever-growing government, Our America’s activists are promoting liberty and small government in every state. If nothing else, Donald Trump is proving that a great many Americans are ready to shake things up. That’s exactly what Our America is about. But we do know where we stand. We stand for freedom, liberty and a government that is much smaller than the professional politicians can even imagine.”
Last week, Johnson said that if Trump ran under a third party “he could potentially destroy the Republican Party.” As much as many in the Republican Party leadership may not like Trump or his style, Johnson brings up an excellent point, that they should not kick him out of the race like they did with Johnson in 2012. Johnson said, “They don’t understand how fed up the American people are with business-as-usual: big, incompetent government, unsustainable debt and politicians who are fiddling while Rome is burning.”
Richard Winger, publisher of the Ballot Access News, was quoted yesterday as saying, “There’s precedents from just about every state that has a sore loser law that they don’t apply to primaries. If I were Donald Trump and I knew I was going to be running outside the major presidential parties, I would not file for the Texas primary and South Dakota, and probably the Ohio one, although there’s a flaw in the Ohio law.”