The massive news that came out of this week’s primaries had some people understandably shocked.
With word that Cruz dropped out of the race, paving the way for a Trump victory, social media came alive like never before.
You’d think that the sky was falling, from all the trigger-warning Tweets and panic-induced posts.
Apparently the unwarranted panic spilled over into Google.
After news came that Trump would certainly be the GOP candidate, there was a spike in “Libertarian Party” searches.
What’s the significance? Libertarians hold similar conservative views with Republicans (at least on fiscal issues). This knee-jerk reaction was probably spurned on by the thought that a Libertarian candidate may be the right choice for conservatives who dislike Trump.
According to Breitbart
Google searches for the “Libertarian Party” surged last night following the exit of Senator Ted Cruz from the Republican race after his decisive loss to Trump in the Indiana primary.
This was matched by searches for Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico and the party’s candidate in 2012. Johnson is once again seeking the party’s nomination in 2016, although he must first overcome challenges from software entrepreneur John McAfee and Libertarian Republic founder Austin Petersen.
Tuesday Google Searches: Blue: “Gary Johnson,” Red: “Libertarian Party”
Libertarians and other third parties often have a hard time finding traction, given their small scope of influence and financial backing.
Often they serve as checks on the arrogance of larger parties who assume they are entitled to votes simply for existing.
Although Libertarians and Republicans share similar views, they differ on some key issues, such as gay rights (libertarians favor them), drug policy (libertarians tend to favor ending federal involvement) and military adventurism (libertarians oppose foreign wars unless the US is directly threatened).
On the other hand, in the era of Trump and the remaking of our political fault lines, there are many conservatives who may find the Libertarian Party more appealing than Trump’s protectionism and populism.
If the Libertarian nominee manages to earn 15% in national polls, he will join Trump and Clinton on the debate stage…then it is a whole new ballgame.