Austin Petersen, who campaigned for the 2016 Libertarian Party’s Presidential nomination, has announced via Twitter that he is strongly considering voting for President Trump.
Petersen said he is being pulled toward supporting Trump by the “hatred” and “derision” which he seemed to imply is being perpetuated by the mainstream media and the far-left.
Despite being a one time “opponent” of the President, Petersen is now publicly considering endorsing him.
President Trump openly campaigned for Petersen’s opponent Josh Hawley in 2018, and in response Petersen sent a scathing message to Trump in 2016:
“It’s best to say out of it until the primary is over,” said Petersen. “He has much better things to do than come into Missouri and to interfere with the Republican primary process.
2 weeks ago I was not even considering voting for @realDonaldTrump. In 2016 I tried to run against him. Now I am thinking about it. And the outpouring of hatred and condemnation, and derision is pulling me more in that direction. The left and all their movements must be stopped.
— Austin Petersen (@AP4Liberty) September 1, 2020
Petersen did not endorse Trump in 2016.