Libertarian VP Candidate Says Trump Has 'A Screw Loose'

| by Sarah Zimmerman
Libertarian Party Nominees William Weld and Gary JohnsonLibertarian Party Nominees William Weld and Gary Johnson

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and his running mate William Weld slammed both the Republican and Democratic nominees on CNN's Libertarian town hall meeting, saying neither are good options for the American people.

"If either [Donald] Trump or [Hillary] Clinton are elected, things will be more polarized than ever," said Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico, according to CNN. 

Libertarians describe themselves as social liberals, but economic conservatives, according to The Hill. The party pushes for limited government, saying the government cannot restrict or define personal choices or private business endeavors. 

Johnson and Weld sat with Anderson Cooper on CNN's second-ever Libertarian town hall meeting to move themselves away from the political fringes and into the spotlight. The two spoke about their platform and called themselves a better alternative to the current options presented by the Republican and Democratic parties.

"I think it might be refreshing to have a party that was not terribly partisan holding the White House. And we would hire the best people from the Democratic Party that we could find. The smartest people from the Republican Party that we could find. The best people of the Libertarian Party," Weld said, Politico reports.

Weld especially took aim at the Republican presidential nominee, calling Trump a "showman, a pied piper [and a] music man."

"More recently, it has gotten more serious and the noun that comes to my mind is a 'screw loose,'" Weld continued. "[He] should consider some other line of work, like anything other than president of the United States."

Johnson hopes to gain enough momentum to be invited to the presidential debates and address Clinton and Trump directly. However, CNN reports that to receive an invitation, Johnson will need at least 15 percent support in national polls. He currently has between 6 and 13 percent, depending on the poll.

The two tried to appeal to both sides of the political spectrum throughout the meeting, with Johnson saying "[We’re] two former Republican governors that got reelected in heavily Democrat states, I think that speaks volumes." 

"We were two of the most fiscally responsible, i.e., conservative governors in the United States," added Weld, according to CNN.

They also addressed concerns that voting third party is essentially wasting a vote.

"If we get in the debates, we'll win this whole thing," said Weld. "If you want to waste your vote on Trump or Clinton, be our guest."

Sources: CNN, The Hill, Politico / Photo credit: Flickr

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