Will Voting For Third-Party Candidates Make Trump Our Next President?
President Barack Obama warned in a radio interview on Wednesday that Americans who vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein in November risk putting Donald Trump into the White House, as he sought to blunt momentum for third-party candidates.
“If you don’t vote, that’s a vote for Trump,” Obama said in an interview on the Steve Harvey Morning Show. “If you vote for a third-party candidate who’s got no chance to win, that’s a vote for Trump.”
The president, who is slated to spend much of the next several weeks campaigning for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, made a direct personal appeal to voters who propelled him to office in an attempt to boost enthusiasm for his former secretary of State. He also assailed Trump’s performance in his first debate against Clinton on Monday, saying the Republican nominee “doesn’t know basic facts” and again calling him unqualified for the presidency.