Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson has apologized after he accepted a gift Sunday from rival Austin Petersen — a replica of George Washington’s flintlock pistol — before tossing it in the garbage.
“You have my sword, and you have my gun,” he said, as the nominee accepted the gift.
Fox News reported that Mr. Johnson then “unceremoniously chucked it in the garbage can.”
“It’s a very prized possession of mine,” Mr. Petersen lamented. “You don’t expect to get slighted like that.”
Joe Hunter, communications director for the Johnson campaign, said the former New Mexico governor was “frustrated.”
“That’s why he tossed the gun,” Mr. Hunter told Fox News. “He wishes he hadn’t. He’s sorry he did it and that it has become an issue.”
“That was very frustrating to Governor Johnson,” Mr. Hunter said. “And what he did with the gun was pure frustration.”
“This means I’m going to go to battle for him,” Mr. Petersen said in the video. “So, if Governor Johnson needs anything from me, if he needs any help, if he wants me to go out there and do battle for him, I’ll do it. … The revolution continues.”
Onlookers retrieved the pistol from the trash and returned it to Mr. Peterson, who said he’s willing to move on, Fox News reported.
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