I have taken a real interest in the debate among libertarians and classical liberals (as well as conservatives) over whether to support Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. In the past, libertarians and classical liberals (who I will refer to simply as libertarians for ease of exposition) have tended to split between supporting the Republican nominee and the Libertarian Party nominee. Yet, if libertarians were forced to choose between the Republican and Democratic nominees, my sense is that the great majority would support the Republican.
These days the matter is different. Libertarians like Donald Trump much less than they like the usual Republican nominees. Unsurprisingly, then, many more of them are considering voting for the Libertarian Party nominee. But interestingly many of them, when pushed on the issue, say that they prefer Clinton to Trump.
Here are some of the main views of the two camps. Those who favor Trump over Clinton believe that another Democratic Administration would be very bad for the Republic. Another 4 or 8 years, after 8 years of Obama, would be disastrous. They argue that concerns about Trump’s corruption and authoritarianism are no greater than concerns about a Clinton Administration. Moreover, the media will be scrupulous about identifying wrongdoing by a Trump Administration, whereas it will cover up that wrongdoing by a Clinton Administration.