As Joe Biden’s vote count soared more and more above Donald Trump’s this week, residents of one of the most notorious pro-Trump forums gathered to ask an important question: how can we blame this on the libertarians?
Regulars on 4chan’s politically incorrect board (/ pol /) have credited themselves (somewhat dubiously) for memorizing Trump as president in 2016. But Trump’s re-election prospects seem darker by the hour, this hotbed of conspiracy theories and occasional Nazism was looking for a scapegoat. . Some members appeared to find it in people who voted for Libertarian Party presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen instead of Trump.
Things are, predictably, going down in 4chan users threatening to kill themselves.
Jorgensen, professor of psychology, received about one percent of the national vote, a common percentage for one-third. She held her largest share of the vote in Alaska and the Dakota (just over 2.5%), but Trump won those states easily. Even though Libertarian votes might have made a difference in Swing States – Jorgensen’s vote tally was far larger than Biden’s lead in Pennsylvania on Friday afternoon – there is no evidence that Libertarian voters would have preferred Trump to Biden. Like the libertarian magazine Reason Note, a survey of libertarian voters in 2016 found that in a two-party race, Hillary Clinton more preferred to Trump, even though most would not have voted at all.
But among some / pol / stalwarts, Trump cannot fail, only fail. This camp began to blame the libertarian voters (who are very visible on the forum) for their impending misfortunes.
“If you voted libertarian, I hate you more than anything right now,” one / pol / thread began. “YOU FUCKING RUINS EVERYTHING. BIDEN WON FUCKING AND ALL YOUR MISTAKE, PART 3 NEVER, EVVVERRRRRRR WON FUCKING.
“I hate you,” growled another / pol / user. “ALL, I HAVE YOU MOTHER FUCKERS”
One user attempted to consolidate the different anti-libertarian threads, creating a “libertarian hate thread” where they could all rage together. Others belatedly tried to argue electoral politics.
“Voting libertarian is the dumbest thing you can do,” one person said. “There is never any reason to vote libertarian. You accomplish nothing except for your own vanity and selfishness.
As is typical of / pol / threads, the various rants have turned into threats to physically harm Libertarians alongside various other political, religious and racial minorities.
The tantrum caught the attention of the sizable libertarian contingent of / pol /, who gathered to point fingers and laugh.
“LIVES IN YOUR HEAD,” said one, probably intended to be sung to the tune of “Zombie” by the Cranberries, “IN YOUR HEAD RENT-FREE, RENT-FREE, EE-EE-EE “
Some have claimed to have voted for Jorgensen in critical states Trump appears to have lost.
“Voted for Jo Jorgensen in PA. I don’t regret anything, ”said one of them.
A particularly sensitive point between the two factions was firearms. Republicans and Libertarians frequently oppose gun laws, unlike Biden, who supports gun owner registration and voluntary gun buyback programs. Some pro-Trump / pol / users have accused libertarian voters of being flip flops and supporting a president who would grab all their guns (Biden is not advocating this).
It was a moot point, a Jorgensen supporter told a Trump supporter.
“I don’t need guns to kill you, damn it,” the person wrote.
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