Libertarian Gary Johnson Seeks Some Trump Magic at Las Vegas Conference

Donald Trump at Freedomfest

Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson is hoping to capture some of the magic that helped propel business mogul Donald Trump to becoming the presumptive Republican nominee for President by headlining FreedomFest in Las Vegas this July.

Last year, Trump stole the show at FreedomFest and the momentum he built in Las Vegas continued all the way through the Republican presidential primary.

“It may come as a surprise, but Trump’s luck began last July in Las Vegas,” FreedomFest declared in a press release titled, Freedomfest Jump-Started Trump’s Campaign; Will It Do the Same for  Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson?

In the summer of 2015, Trump’s fledgling campaign was in trouble.  After his unrehearsed remarks about Mexicans, his relationship with NBC ended, Macy’s failed to renew his contract, and Univision released unrelenting attacks on the Trump campaign. Poll numbers suffered in response, reflecting a campaign headed for certain demise.

Amid the chaos of campaigning that summer, Trump agreed to appear before several thousand wealthy investors and concerned citizens at a conference called FreedomFest, billed as, “the world’s largest gathering of free minds.”   He spoke to a standing room only audience Saturday, July 11. Yes, it was 7-11 in Vegas. And it was Trump’s lucky day.  His appearance attracted major media coverage including CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, MSNBC and the Daily Mail, among others.  Trump’s poll numbers rose sharply right after his appearance at FreedomFest and he dominated the Primaries thereafter.

Produced by Mark and Jo Ann Skousen, FreedomFest will also feature Senator Rand Paul, former Heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman, legendary boxing promoter Don King, and dozens of the most influential leaders in politics, business, media, and investment.

More than just speeches, FreedomFest engages speakers and conference attendees with thought-provoking debates, interactive presentations, and even a libertarian-themed film festival.

FreedomFest will be held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, July 13-16th. For more information visit

Dustin Stockton is a political reporter for Breitbart News, a community liaison for Gun Owners of America, and a political strategist. Follow him on Twitter @DustinStockton or Facebook


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