The obliteration of the Republican-libertarian alliance

Trump has emphatically proven that libertarianism is not the heart and soul of today's GOP

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In the midst of denying the reality of his 2016 loss of the popular vote in an interview segment that aired Tuesday night, President Trump declared himself "somewhat libertarian."

"They always talk about [2016 Green Party candidate] Jill Stein," he told Fox News host Laura Ingraham, referring to claims that Stein sapped votes from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. "Jill Stein took, what? Half a percent?" Trump continued (wrongly). "Well, I have a Libertarian [candidate Gary Johnson] — I'm somewhat libertarian; I have to be honest with you; [Kentucky GOP Sen.] Rand Paul will tell you that — I have a Libertarian candidate on last time that got, what? Four and a half or so percent? [Also wrong.] Those are all Republican voters. They're wasting their vote, because — they have to vote for us."

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