2020 Libertarian Party Presidential Candidates React to Entrance of Justin Amash

With Congressman Justin Amash joining the Libertarian Party and announcing his intentions to seek its 2020 presidential nomination, some of his opponents for Libertarian presidential nomination reacted to the news.

Jo Jorgensen in an email release:lp

Of course the big news is that after months of teasing and indecision, Michigan Representative Justin Amash has finally joined the Libertarian Party and will be seeking the LP nomination for President. Welcome to the Party of Principle Justin!

My reaction is the lead in today’s article in Reason, and I’ve also released a statement urging Rep. Amash to immediately change his affiliation in the House from Independent to Libertarian. I look forward to facing off against Rep. Amash in future debates.

Jacob Hornberger on Part 6 of his Justin Amash, LP interloper series:

This is all for the good! Amash’s entry into this race now adds a new element of excitement for LP members. Moreover, notice what he has accomplished: national media focus on the Libertarian Party’s presidential race. That is fantastic! One thing is for certain: Whoever wins this nomination is now guaranteed national media attention.

Why did Amash wait until 3 weeks before the national nominating convention to enter the race?

As I explained in Part 5 of this series, his strategy has always been to avoid the crucible of LP presidential debates, where the conservative part of his overall philosophy, positions, and beliefs would be subjected to scrutiny, examination, and challenge

Vermin Supreme on Twitter:

My name is Vermin Supreme.

1) I am a Libertarian.

2) I support bodily autonomy, including the right of a woman to make their own medical and reproductive decisions.

3) I support the right of all people to migrate freely across borders.

4) Your move Justin.

Adam Kokesh on Twitter and Facebook:

Very interesting to watch support line up behind @justinamash. I wonder if he promised @nsarwark his endorsement for VP. Here is my complete statement on Amash entering the race: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10101716565984934&id=13303243

Arvin Vohra on Facebook:

Government school overfunder Justin Amash has finally declared his candidacy. Amash, as you recall, voted to increase government school spending in DC.

Bob Barr 4.0 begins. In 2008, former Republican congressman Bob Barr, and his running mate Wayne Root got the LP nomination over Dr. Ruwart, the actual principled libertarian. The difference: Bob Barr actually joined the LP much earlier. He even served on the LNC. The LP at the time was less gullible and socially fearful, so he actually had to put in some work.

Additionally, Bob Barr actually showed up to debates. Amash has avoided all of them so far.

This culture has produced this government. If we eliminated this government today, this culture will recreate this government tomorrow. If we want to change anything at all, we need to fight the culture war.

Bob Barr and Gary Johnson refused to fight the culture war. So has justin Amash. So far, he has refused to say anything against the state’s sacred cows; in fact, he has funded those sacred cows (e.g. government schools) with your money.

It’s time for us to be something more than controlled opposition. Let us become the spearhead of libertarianism, not just a group that tricks voluntaryists into voting for former Republicans.

Dan “Taxation is Theft” Behrman on Twitter and YouTube:

My response to @justinamash supporting a #UBI – this is NOT a #libertarian platform: 

2 thoughts on “2020 Libertarian Party Presidential Candidates React to Entrance of Justin Amash

  1. SocraticGAdfly

    Behrman in a baseball hat looks like as much a goober as the current denizen of 1600 Pennsylvania in a baseball hat.

  2. Jared

    Hornberger: “[Amash’s] strategy has always been to avoid the crucible of LP presidential debates, where the conservative part of his overall philosophy, positions, and beliefs would be subjected to scrutiny, examination, and challenge.”

    Or maybe he didn’t want to be photographed between the Man in the Yellow Wonka Hat and the dude with the gay glitter and a boot on his head, or be asked how he feels about private nuclear arsenals and repealing the Civil Rights Act. Amash is well known for his transparency and availability to his constituents. I doubt he’s trying to conceal anything from Libertarian delegates and voters.

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