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Number 878, June 26, 2016

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Update: The Establishment's Trump Card
by J. Neil Schulman

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Special to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise

Addendum June 22, 2016

I watched the CNN Libertarian Presidential Town Hall tonight. It's clear my article was prescient. I don't know that Johnson/Weld have been promised big PAC money from the NeverTrump/pro-Hillary contingent but everything they said suggests it. Weld intimated his fund-raising experience would yield fruit soon. Weld declared Trump unfit for office and "a huckster" then praised Hillary as a good public servant and qualified. Johnson refused to prefer Hillary to Trump explicitly but praised Hillary's character and attacked Trump's positions.

They were weak on the Second Amendment, favoring universal background checks (there goes the gun show and internet "loopholes") and favoring a process to deny terrorists guns. Weld talked about a "thousand man" FBI task force against Isis similar to the one Guiliani used against the Mafia.

They abandoned their previous "legalize all drugs/anti-Drug War" position and explicitly said they favor legalizing only marijuana.

Perhaps responding to Ron Paul's criticism they now say "fiscally conservative but inclusive" instead of "fiscally conservative, socially liberal."

On abortion they moderated their "solidly pro-choice" position to "no abortion once the fetus is viable outside the womb" but did say they have no problem "on constitutional grounds" with the government guaranteeing women access to abortion clinics.

Their campaign is now officially NeverTrump and designed to move to pull votes from moderate Republicans. They don't seem to care about losing their core Libertarian base... or electing Hillary.

This is an Addendum to "The Race Card Used as a Trump Card" by J. Neil Schulman in issue 876, June 12, 2015.
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