President Obama’s hometown newspaper the Chicago Tribune endorsed Gary Johnson instead of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump on Friday. Johnson said he will co-president with his running mate, Bill Weld. But what makes these two Libertarians so attractive to the Tribune?
With two of the least-liked presidential options in front of them from both the Democratic and Republican parties, people are discouraged, to say the least. Some will stay home on November 8th, but more and more are looking at their third-party options. Isn’t that a wasted vote?
The Chicago Tribune’s editorial board rejects that idea. It suggests a third-party vote is the highest form of criticism of both the Republican and Democratic parties. USA Today just announced Trump “not fit to be president of the United States.”
Back on March 10th, the Tribune said:
‘We would not, could not, endorse him. And in the intervening six-plus months he has splendidly reinforced our verdict…’
‘Trump has gone out of his way to anger world leaders, giant swaths of the American public, and people of other lands who aspire to immigrate here legally. He has neither the character nor the prudent disposition for the job.’
The Tribune made this powerful statement:
‘The real threat to the Constitution is Donald Trump.’
The newspaper questioned how Republican leaders flailed about during Trump’s “hostile takeover” of their party:
‘The mystery and shame of Trump’s rise — we have red, white and blue coffee mugs that are more genuinely Republican — is the party’s inability or unwillingness to repulse his hostile takeover.’
The Chicago newspaper will not endorse Clinton either, because she is promising an embarrassment of riches to the middle class that she cannot deliver. She promises paid family leave, infrastructure, healthcare, discounted college tuition, etc.
The Tribune says:
‘That is but one of the reasons why so many Americans reject Clinton: They don’t trust what she says, how she makes decisions, and her up-to-the-present history of egregiously erasing the truth.’
‘We would rather recommend a principled candidate for president — regardless of his or her prospects for victory — than suggest that voters cast ballots for such disappointing major-party candidates.’
The Tribune likes the former moderate Republicans and current Libertarian candidates. Friday, the publication endorsed Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico, and William Weld, formerly the governor of Massachusetts:
‘They offer an agenda that appeals not only to the Tribune’s principles but to those of the many Americans who say they are socially tolerant but fiscally responsible. Most people are Libertarian, It’s just that they don’t know it.’
The newspaper says Johnson and Weld are “even-keeled” to a certain extent. Johnson is pro-global trade and the jobs TPP would generate. Instead of higher taxes, the Libertarian goes for “robust economic growth.”
The Libertarian wants to raise the retirement age and use means testing to limit benefits to the richest. Johnson leans toward isolationism. Clinton is a hawk, and who knows what Trump is?
‘We hope Johnson does well enough that Republicans and Democrats get the message — and that his ideas make progress over time. Every American who casts a vote for him is standing for principles — and can be proud of that vote. Yes, proud of a candidate in 2016.’