On September 24th, George Takei trashed Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson on his very popular Twitter account.
Libertarian Johnson supports TPP, fracking, Citizens United, and no min wage. How any Sanders supporters could back him is baffling to me.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) September 24, 2016
While this author is a huge fan of Takei (both as a Star Trek actor and for his generally witty social commentary), he’s way off on this Tweet.
Sure you can cherry pick issues where Johnson and libertarians disagree with Sanders. But he misses the two huge issues where Johnson agrees with Sanders.
- Gary Johnson opposes all our foreign wars. Hillary supports them.
- Gary Johnson is a long-time critic of the drug war and proponent of legalizing marijuana. Hillary wants to keep arresting poor blacks and Latinos.
Look back in history and ask yourself this question: If Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Gary Johnson were active politically during World War II, which of the three would have been most likely to support interning Japanese-Americans?
The answer is clear. Hillary would have supported Democratic President Roosevelt’s decision to intern them, while Sanders and Johnson would have opposed that. Clinton basks in FDR love during this campaign.
Takei was himself interned in a camp. You would think he’d see this but like so many in today’s insane political world, he is blinded by rage.
On the issues that matter most to many Sanders supporters, Gary Johnson is clearly the best choice of the top three candidates running.
Warren Redlich is the owner of Independent Political Report and a former Libertarian candidate. This article is Redlich’s opinion only and does not represent the IPR community.