Former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) is well-known for his many years of firm ideological consistency and his commitment to his beliefs. However, this rigidness has caused him some consternation in recent days as many in the media wrongly assume that his outspoken criticism of Donald Trump must mean that he will be supporting Hillary Clinton. Earlier this week Paul roundly rejected the idea that he could ever support Clinton for the Presidency.
As he explained to CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield he believes that voting for the “lesser of two evils” is still evil and therefore something he is unwilling to do. Paul then argued that he believes voters should have the choice to vote “none of the above” on their presidential ballots as a way to register their disdain with the available candidates.
Ashleigh Banfield: So I’ve got to ask you, as a red lettered American, who probably cherishes the right to vote. Who would you vote for if you think they’ll both the same?
Ron Paul: Well what I would like to have on all the ballots is none of the above. And then we can vote for none of the above.
Ashleigh Banfield: That wasn’t my question though.
Ron Paul: But I’m not going to vote for one of those two for sure, you know, they’re too close together. And there’s the dreamers, even there’s, you know, the independent type Republicans that were on my side, someone said, “Yeah, but he’s better. But, you know, this whole idea of the lesser two evils, there’s something OK about it. I don’t think so, I don’t see how anything could be improved, because I think once the person is in office.
I mean Obama ran as a true progressive. But he became much more a militant. He liked the war in Afghanistan. He supported the overthrow of the Ukraine and he’s sending troops back to Iraq. And I don’t even think he fundamentally believes that to tell you the truth. So he – I think the events, even regardless of who wins, will there be enough pressure to do exactly what we have been doing.
They’re not going to have the fear to deny them some power to take negative interest rates and all this which needs to be done.
Ashleigh Banfield: OK, I may have lost you on my — your piece for a short moment. But I’m not sure I got the answer though, if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, would you vote for him?
Ron Paul: No, no, I mean, I was very explicit about that, I won’t vote for Donald Trump.
Ashleigh Banfield: Would you just not vote then or would you vote for the Democratic ticket?
Ron Paul: No, I had mentioned that we should have none of the above, and then you should pick another candidate, you know, if you can’t stand any of them and you happen to be a dedicated progressive, you ought to make your vote count and vote for the green party and if happen to be a libertarian, vote for the libertarian party.
But to vote for the lesser two evils, I don’t think make it possible, and I know I get a lot of (inaudible) oh, no, from the Republicans, Conservatives I think they would absolutely Trump is so far superior. But quite frankly I’m not sure exactly what he’ll do and that bothers me as well because he does — he can give two positions in one speech, I don’t know if you noticed that or not.
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