Although the Libertarian Party does not currently recognize his campaign, businessman John McAfee is still seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination. In addition, he has agreed to be anti-war activist Adam Kokesh‘s running mate.
“I am happy to join forces with Adam in my bid for the Vice-presidential slot within the Libertarian Party,” says McAfee in a joint press release with Kokesh. “Adam’s platform is close to my own and I fully endorse it. Even though I am continuing my bid for President, if Adam wins I will be happy to fully support him as his running mate.”
Kokesh is running on a platform of dissolving the office of president and the federal government itself.
“John McAfee is well known in the libertarian community, large in part from his antics and eccentricities,” writes Kokesh. “What some people might forget is that McAfee is a very savvy businessman and an accomplished entrepreneur and pioneer of technology.”
Kokesh believes McAfee’s support could help him secure the Libertarian Party nomination, especially due to McAfee’s strong social media presence.
“With John’s support,” Kokesh declares, “I know that I can garner support from people that would typically be outside my reach. I often boast about having the largest social media following in the race, well John actually beats me by a long shot.”
Kokesh cites the following Twitter statistics to back his claim:
- Judge Jim Gray: 592 Followers
- Jo Jorgensen: 611 Followers
- Jacob Hornberger: 7,963 Followers
- Vermin Supreme: 55,248 Followers
- Adam Kokesh: 55,674 Followers
- John McAfee: 1,065,463 Followers
McAfee, 74, claims to be in hiding in Eastern Europe, a fugitive from the IRS and the US Justice Department. He previously dropped out of the race March 4, endorsed performance artist Vermin Supreme for president and asked to be Supreme’s running mate. Presumably after Supreme rejected his proposal, McAfee re-entered the presidential race the next day.