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GREEN PARTY BLUES: Will Jill Stein be an election spoiler again?

GREEN PARTY BLUES: Will Jill Stein be an election spoiler again?

Jill Stein announced this week that she will run for the Green Party nomination in 2024, giving disillusioned voters an alternative to Biden — with the practical effect of placing a vote for Trump.

In elections where the outcomes of state votes come down to 5,000 votes, the 2,500 that Stein gets that may otherwise go to Biden may well give Trump the state’s electoral votes.

After all, many Democrats believe that Jill Stein is the reason that Hillary Clinton came up just short in critical states, handing Trump the presidency in 2016.

The Hill reports on the news that only Trump needed:

“Her third-party candidacy is now one of a half dozen bids from the left, center, and independent spectrum that could damage Biden in the race, bringing attention to the president’s limitations as the Republican field primary shrinks. And it came the same day Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced he is not seeking reelection, raising speculation that he could also seek the Oval Office next year.”

With the possible exception of Robert Kennedy Jr., every single other candidate running for president hurts President Biden.

Stein — like every other third-party candidate who never sniffed relevancy, never mind victory — says she wants to offer people another choice than the two-party system.

“The political system is broken. The two Wall Street parities are bought and paid for. Over 60 percent of us now say the bipartisan establishment has failed us and we need a party that serves the people.”

While that may be true, the problem is that we have a two-party system in name only. In reality, as applied to 2024, the only choice is “Democracy versus Donald Trump’s fascism.”

Our political system may be troubled as currently constituted but it’ll be infinitely worse if a minority of American voters  — and it will be a minority if it happens — ushers in a dictatorship.

This is Donald Trump’s dream. He wants to be like Putin. Putin wants to rule America through Trump. And so it’s interesting that Jill Stein found herself dining with Mike Flynn and Vladimir Putin.

One gets the sense that if we gave Jill Stein truth serum, she would say that she’s just doing her job in helping get Trump elected again.

Otherwise, one is forced to explain how a woman as intelligent as Stein (and she is intelligent) totally ignores the current political context and believes that Donald Trump represents a “party” owned by Wall Street.

There is no Republican party! There is Trump, period. 

Wall Street is f’ing terrified of Donald Trump. Wall Street needs stability. Wall Street needs capitalism and free trade, not tariffs. Wall Street needs a strong American market and dollar, one engaged with the world.

Wall Street does not need the world looking elsewhere for a stable place to invest their money.

Here is the ultimate irony. Jill Stein is running for the same stated reasons she ran in 2016, “another choice” on the Green Party ticket. The Green Party describes its values as:

“The party promotes green politics, specifically environmentalism; nonviolence; social justice; participatory democracy; grassroots democracy; anti-war; anti-racism; libertarian socialism and eco-socialism. On the political spectrum, the party is generally seen as left-wing.”

So, Jill, let’s ask: how did helping Trump become president promote “green politics, specifically environmentalism” when Trump mocks ALL renewables?

How did Trump do with non-violence, social justice, participatory democracy, and grassroots democracy?

How is Trump doing even right now with anti-racism, libertarian socialism, and eco-socialism?

It is bad enough that Stein has to insert herself and self-importance into the process. That she does it knowingly and with an ulterior motive just makes it that much more sickening.

This column is based on reporting by Hanna Trudo of The Hill.

I can be reached at jasonmiciak@gmail.com and on X @JasonMiciak.

Editor’s note: This is an opinion column that solely reflects the opinions of the author.

Jason Miciak
Jason Miciak is an associate editor and opinion writer for Occupy Democrats. He's a Canadian-American who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He is a trained attorney, but for the last five years, he's devoted his time to writing political news and analysis. He enjoys life on the Gulf Coast as a single dad to a 15-year-old daughter. Hobbies include flower pots, cooking, and doing what his daughter tells him they're doing. Sign up to get all of my posts by email right here:

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