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In Defense of Gary Johnson

•, by Justin Raimondo

The Clinton smear machine, having finally noticed that Gary Johnson is cutting into what they regard as Hillary's rightful share of the so-called "millennial" vote, has set its sights on the Libertarian Party's presidential candidate. It wasn't supposed to be this way: the conventional wisdom was that the Libertarian ticket of Johnson and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld would split the traditionally Republican base, providing an outlet for the "Never Trump" crowd to vent their spleen.

This delighted the pro-Clinton "mainstream" media, which gave both Johnson and Weld more publicity – most of it highly favorable – than any third party ticket in memory. And these ostensible Libertarians reciprocated in kind: in an unforgettably baffling CNN "Town Hall" with Chris Cuomo, who asked the duo how they would describe Hillary Clinton in a word or a phrase, Johnson answered: "Hillary Clinton, a wonderful public servant." Asked the same question, Weld averred

"Old friend. Nice kid. Knew her in her 20s. We shared an office in the Nixon impeachment, real bond, lifelong. Seriously. Not kidding."

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