It was pretty much guaranteed that the Libertarian party was not going to win the White House on Tuesday. Flagging enthusiasm for the party's nominee Gary Johnson, and the typical loss of support for third parties that happens when election time comes closer sealed the Libertarian's fate.
Despite this, Libertarian Party Chairman Nicholas Sarwark does not seem at all bothered. In fact, the election has left him rather encouraged.
Sitting down with Reason.com, Sarwark laughed as he responded to a video clip of his speech to the crowd as information rolled in that Republican nominee Donald Trump was going to win over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
"There's going to be a lot of old party politicians whining and crying tomorrow about all the votes they should have had," said Sarwark mockingly to the crowd. "Well, you know what I say to that? Your tears are delicious and your parties will die."
The Libertarian Party Chair later explained why he came to that conclusion during his interview with Reason.
"The Libertarian vote — which was a record — it was over four million votes for Governor Gary Johnson," said Sarwark. "To put it in perspective is about the same number of votes that were cast in the state of Virginia. A state that carries 13 electoral votes. That's the size of the Libertarian block."
"We are the only political party in the country that's growing," he said later. "I think that's still the case after last night's results. I haven't seen the voter registration numbers, but looking at the vote totals for the popular vote, voter turnout was actually down in this election...and our numbers tripled."
In terms of being blamed for Hillary's loss by Democrats, Sarwark had a message for them.
"Stop wasting your breath. Start working on your own party. Start working on your own issues," he said. "And see whether you can take my votes in the actual arena of ideas instead of trying to shame me."
The Libertarians goal of reaching five percent of the vote, sadly, did not happen. Achieving that number would have allowed Americas leading third party to attain federal campaign funding in 2020.