- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who secured the Libertarian Party’s 2016 nomination for president over the weekend, blew presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump a kiss to close out a television interviewon Tuesday.

“The people coming across the border are people that just want jobs,” Mr. Johnson said on CNN’s “New Day.”

Over the weekend, Mr. Johnson had hit Mr. Trump’s immigration policies as “racist.”

Asked if he’s ready for Mr. Trump to give him “a big punch in the nose” for the “racist” comment, Mr. Johnson said he thinks they’ve already started coming.

“So you know, Donald,” Mr. Johnson said, blowing a kiss.

Mr. Johnson actually planted one on Libertarian candidate John McAfee at a debate earlier this year, and told Politico that if all goes according to plan, he would be in a position to kiss Mr. Trump’s cheek on the debate stage this fall.

“It’s perfect. No, I’m serious. It’s perfect,” Mr. Johnson told the outlet. “It is the most disarming gesture. You know, treat the bully with love.”

Asked Tuesday if he would continue to wear his Nike sneakers throughout the process, Mr. Johnson said: “Symbolic of getting away from the imperial presidency.”

“The notion that the presidency - it’s an entourage everywhere,” Mr. Johnson said. “And New York has to constantly get snarled because of the president coming into town - it does.”

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