Libertarian Party Chair Suggests She’s Open to Serving in Trump White House

by | Jun 5, 2024 | Opinion

What makes the most sense is to lean into the spoiler effect,” says Angela McCardle. “I endorse Chase Oliver as the best way to beat Joe Biden.” What does she mean by this statement? “There’s been considerable backlash of our presidential nominee Chase Oliver… People who are a little bit more culturally conservative, they’re very upset… the truth is, and I’ve looked at the polling data…. Chase is going to pull 2 to 1 from Biden.” 

McCardle seemed very impressed with Trump’s appearance at the Libertarian Party’s national convention over Memorial Day. When I asked her reaction to Trump’s speech and the promises he made she replied, “it’s amazing! It’s never happened in American politics… Those were promises that he and his team have conveyed to me for a few months now. These were talks that we’ve had.” And while Angela ostensibly seemed eager to jump on board with the Trump train, she’s legally bound not to, saying directly to Trump, “I can’t endorse you. But I can tell you what small l libertarians want to hear. I can tell you what you need to promise and say and do.” McCardle also thinks there’s a follow through happening, finishing with, “they’re doing it.” 

 Is it safe to say that McCardle would like to see Trump reelected to be able to have the power to fulfill those promises?

She’s legally required not to say that directly, but she does admit she wants to see follow through. “I have to only endorse the Libertarian candidate but I’ve said in the past that Donald Trump is objectively better than Joe Biden…. But who’s listening to me and saying that they would like to course correct in some areas? It’s not Joe Biden, it’s Donald Trump.” 

Watch the full episode here.

McCardle says she’s going to take what she can get (from the Trump camp), while strategically advancing her own candidate. McCardle went further in praising Trump compared to Biden, stating she doesn’t believe that the October 7th terror attacks would have happened. When I questioned her over the fact that she on Instagram had poked fun at libertarian comedian Dave Smith for not supporting Chase Oliver, I reminded her that Smith was much more aligned with Oliver on foreign policy than Trump was, and that Trump has always been an ardent supporter of Israel. 

McCardle agreed slightly while still thinking Oliver hadn’t been perfect on his Gaza rhetoric, and said she didn’t want to dress down her candidate as she wants to support him “strategically.” Chase Oliver isn’t going to win the presidency, however. So his rhetoric on the war in Gaza is all a hollow promise, while Trump actually has a chance to advance more libertarian foreign policy goals. McCardle seems to also agree with this view, as she says in the interview that “on the antiwar issue people are looking at realistic gains. They’re looking at it through the framework of reality.” 

The reality is that Donald Trump can win, and Chase Oliver can’t… and it’s better to win with a candidate who can actually advance your issues a step, than lose with someone you agree with completely and can’t advance them at all. McCardle seems to be agreeing with this sentiment, even if she can’t come right out and say so due to her fiduciary responsibilities to the Libertarian Party. 

McCardly was brutally honest about her fellow Libertarians, stating that most of them don’t have the kind of institutional knowledge or corporate experience that might render them fit for a role to serve in some of the highest appointed offices in the land. She thinks that there are too many academics, who don’t “have experience maybe managing a law firm, like I’ve had.” 

Like she’s had? 

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As the Washington Post reporter who monitored my Wake Up America noted, the LP chair is open to the possibility of serving in the Trump administration herself if called; though she did state she has not directly offered herself up to the Trump campaign.

“It’s not a hard no,” McCardle noted. 

The Libertarian Party is currently seeking ballot access, but is not likely to be on the ballot in all 50 states this year. They are being hamstrung due to the efforts of Jill Stein, and Robert Kennedy Jr, who are hiring signature gatherers that might otherwise do the job for the LP. At this point, they are facing the very real potential of a 4th, or even 5th place finish behind Stein and RFK Jr. If that is true, then maybe the Libertarians for Trump really are making the best decision for our country right now. 

The election is 151 days away, and counting. 

Austin Petersen is a former Libertarian presidential candidate turned Republican and the host of the Wake Up America show every Monday-Friday from 7-9am central which you can stream live on Rumble, or listen to on Spotify or iTunes. He resides in Jefferson City, Missouri with his wife Stephanie and their two presidential French Bulldogs, Calvin and George.

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