Chaotic moment RFK Jr. accepts bid for Libertarian presidential nomination - hours before being eliminated from contention

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. connected Sunday became a campaigner for nan Libertarian Party's statesmanlike nomination, a shocking move that could springiness him capable votes to conclusion Donald Trump aliases Joe Biden successful November.

Kennedy, who said astatine nan normal Friday, was nominated by a delegate connected nan normal level connected Sunday to beryllium nan party's White House standard barrier. Kennedy's candidacy was met pinch boos from different delegates. 

His candidacy was short-lived, however. He was eliminated from contention respective hours later, aft nan first information of voting, having receiving support from 19 delegates, conscionable 2.07% of nan vote. 

There was initially immoderate disorder complete whether aliases not Kennedy, who is moving an independent bid, would judge nan information and if he had revenge nan basal paperwork.

Originally Kennedy had said he would stay an independent campaigner and not beryllium nan Libertarian contender. 

Finally, statement chair Angela McArdle, opinionated astatine nan podium, called Kennedy to inquire him. 

She stepped distant from nan microphone to speak pinch him but could beryllium heard saying to him: 'I'm astatine nan podium and request to inquire you if you judge nan nomination.'

She past came backmost nan microphone to pass nan delegates: 'He's going to get backmost to us.'

Kennedy yet accepted nan nomination. McArdle besides confirmed his paperwork is successful bid and he qualifies to beryllium a candidate. 

He called into nan convention, look timing to judge nan nomination. His telephone was broadcast connected nan large surface to nan normal center. 

Robert F Kennedy accepted nan information to beryllium nan Libertarian Party's statesmanlike candidate

Libertarians spent nan play picking their White House nominee.

Trump was besides nominated from nan level connected Sunday. However, the former president can't nan apical contender because a personification can't beryllium nan nominee of 2 parties successful each but 5 states. 

Trump noted this was nan logic he didn't record nan paperwork for nan Libertarian nomination. 

'The logic I didn’t record paperwork for nan Libertarian Nomination, which I would person perfectly gotten if I wanted it (as everyone could show by nan enthusiasm of nan Crowd past night!), was nan truth that, arsenic nan Republican Nominee, I americium not allowed to person nan Nomination of different Party,' he wrote connected Truth Social.

'Regardless, I judge I will get a Majority of nan Libertarian Votes. Junior’ Kennedy is simply a Radical Left Democrat, who’s destroyed everything he’s touched, particularly successful New York and New England, and successful particular, arsenic it relates to nan Cost and Practicality of Energy. He’s not a Libertarian. Only a FOOL would ballot for him!'

Kennedy's speedy conclusion successful nan normal hallway is besides a setback for his independent statesmanlike bid. 

There was a ample roster of candidates. Additionally, Stormy Daniels sewage 1 write-in ballot arsenic did Sean Lennon and Denali The Cat. 

If Kennedy had won nan nomination, it would person been a boost to his effort to get connected nan ballot successful each 50 states - and a threat to some Biden and Trump's efforts to triumph a 2nd word successful nan White House. 

The Libertarian Party has predetermination ballot entree successful astatine slightest 37 states, including cardinal battlegrounds specified arsenic Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arizona.

As an independent candidate, Kennedy must get connected each state's ballot separately and each authorities has its ain procedures connected really to do that.

But if he were nan Libertarian nominee, he would get connected nan ballot successful capable states to theoretically nett nan 270 Electoral College votes needed to suffice for nan statesmanlike statement authorities - and moreover triumph nan presidency. 

If Kennedy were nan nominee and won successful each 37 states, he would garner 380 electoral votes. 

The Libertarian Party's 37 states is much than double nan 15 states wherever nan Kennedy run presently says it is taking nan steps to get connected nan ballot.

In different scenarios, Kennedy could triumph capable votes successful a plaything authorities to power whether Biden aliases Trump wins nan battleground - which successful move could impact nan victor of nan wide statesmanlike election.

That threat of Kennedy's candidacy is giving some Biden and Trump's teams nightmares. Each candidate's run has attacked Kennedy. 

Opinion polls propose that he could siphon votes from some men, pinch a May Reuters/Ipsos study showing he was supported by 13% of respondents. 

Kennedy accepted nan information successful a short video connection successful which he thanked statement members for nan 'unexpected honor.' He said he hopes Libertarians will subordinate 'an alliance' of third-party and independent voters to thief conclusion Biden and Trump.

'I'm very grateful to nan Libertarian Party for this awesome honor, and I look guardant to an confederation crossed nan country, a fusion confederation of each of these independent parties who are now challenging nan Republican-Democrat corrupt duopoly,' Kennedy said.

Kennedy and Trump besides each addressed nan normal successful personification - Kennedy connected Friday and Trump connected Saturday.  Convention organizers besides invited President Biden to speak, but he declined.

Both Kennedy and Trump faced a dispute reception from nan Libertarian crowd - getting feline called pinch boos and jeers - erstwhile each gave their remarks.

Kennedy, however, won immoderate cheers by promising to pardon authorities whistleblower Edward Snowden, presently exiled successful Russia, and driblet espionage charges against Julian Assange, nan WikiLeaks laminitis battling US attempts to extradite him from Britain. 

He besides slammed some Trump and Biden for their consequence to nan covid pandemic.

'Maybe a encephalon worm ate that portion of my memory, but I don´t callback immoderate portion of nan United States Constitution wherever there´s an exemption for pandemics,' Kennedy said, referencing a New York Times study that he was diagnosed much than a decade agone pinch a parasite that lodged successful his brain.

'Neither of them upheld nan Constitution erstwhile it really counted,' he said of Biden and Trump.

Former President Donald battled done boos, heckling and outbursts Saturday nighttime arsenic he tried to inquire Libertarian voters for their support

However, galore successful nan crowd are worried Kennedy, who primitively ran for nan Democratic information earlier switching to beryllium an independent candidate, wasn't a existent libertarian.

But Kennedy has emphasized what he has successful communal with Libertarians, who clasp beardown beliefs astir individual and civilian liberties and free choice. They judge successful moreover smaller authorities than Republicans, but are little focused connected little taxes than nan GOP. 

'My attack is simply a free-market approach, which appeals to Libertarians,' Kennedy told CNN past week. 

'I'm against war, which I deliberation is different important rumor for Libertarians. I support law rights. President Trump dismantled our law authorities during Covid. So I deliberation Libertarians are astir apt much inclined to support maine if they travel their philosophies.' 

Trump, successful his remarks connected Saturday, sewage feisty pinch nan crowd.  

'You tin either nominate america and springiness america nan position, aliases springiness america your votes,' Trump said to boos arsenic he departed nan stage.

Trump many times snapped backmost astatine nan crowd and their hostility, telling them astatine 1 constituent to 'keep getting your 3% [of nan nationalist vote] each 4 years,' adding 'maybe you don't want to win.'

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