PETERSEN: Which Libertarians Would Trump Appoint in His Next Cabinet?

by | May 31, 2024 | Opinion

Donald Trump’s speech to the Libertarian Party’s national convention last week was a massive opportunity for the struggling liberty movement. Libertarianism has had a massive falling off after the collapse of the Tea Party movement, and the realignment away from limited government policies by the American right in recent years.

Trump’s offer of massive concessions to Libertarians in return for their support was quite tempting for many, and after the party nominated a pro drag queen story hour candidate in Chase Oliver… many official Libertarian Party members came out on the record as voting for Donald Trump.

Judge Andrew Napolitano, my former boss during our tenure together at the Fox Business Network, was also disappointed in the nomination of Oliver. Napolitano hasn’t voted for a Republican since the 1980’s, however. Our frequent Wednesday chats on my current Wake Up America show are a 20-30 minute toure-de-force of libertarian history, philosophy, gossip, and current events. This week I queried Napolitano on whether he might consider actually voting for Trump this year, despite all his many misgivings and reservations about the man. The LP candidate after all is perfectly aligned with Mises type libertarian on war, and yet the Judge and many like him do not support Oliver.

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“Judge Trump has the possibility of putting you in the space of Attorney General. Trump has the possibility of putting you in front of a Senate confirmation hearing for SCOTUS. Do you think I would give one g**amn about a party that will do 1.5%? If I have the opportunity to take someone like yourself and put you in a position to actually free the people of the United States.”

Judge Napolitano thinks that there’s a space between the cup and the lip, but that Trump listens to the last person he spoke to when he’s making a decision. I pressed him on the possibility of supporting Trump who may not keep his promises, or the reality of a Libertarian candidate who wants to trans the kids and get 1.5%, there absolutely is no question of who I will support. Napolitano grudgingly seemed to agree.

Of course the real problem as I see it is that the Libertarians don’t exactly have a deep bench of power players that could actually pass senate confirmation hearings, or actually have the institutional knowledge that they would need to be successful in a cabinet position. Who would Trump even appoint? Who do the Libertarians have ready to go? That is the real question, and while I may be able to come up with a list, it would be exceedingly short, as the liberty movement is truly being represented well by Chase Oliver as he seems to be the perfect embodiment of what far too many of my ideological kin actually are: clowns.

I’ve pledged that if Vivek Ramaswamy is the Vice Presidential pick for Donald Trump that I will wear a MAGA hat for the very first time. But that is largely symbolic anyway, since I absolutely will be voting for him in hopes that he keeps at least some of the promises he made at the Libertarian National convention. Even if he accomplishes only a few of them, it will be the greatest victory liberty lovers could hope for in our movement, and a huge win for American freedom overall.

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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