This entire election cycle has been a bizarre time for politics. In a conventional year, a battle involving an involving an eloquent party golden boy from Florida or the heir to the Bush dynasty throne would theoretically have either come out on top. Instead, a bombastic businessman with no background in elected office is the Republican nominee for President.
And on the Democratic side, while many widely expected Hillary Clinton to become the Democratic nominee, most thought it would be because of actual voting and not due to an Associated Press survey of superdelegates who don’t vote for another month.
This insanity is the reason why third party candidates are now more relevant than ever before. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson secured the Libertarian Party nomination and is currently embarking upon a media blitz. For the Green Party, Jill Stein is looking to catch on the third party rise and specifically attract the supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders.
Part of the key to attracting the supporters of the Vermont Senator will be to make the case that staying with the Democratic Party to support Hillary Clinton is the wrong choice. Enter Stein’s latest comments about Clinton.
In an interview for Democracy Now, Stein implied that probable Republican nominee Donald Trump is worse than media-anointed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. In the interview, Stein states that while Trump has a history of saying scary things, Clinton has a history of actually doing scary things.
It’s absolutely true that we have more of a political record from Hillary Clinton. And during this political career, Clinton realistically only appeals to establishment and moderate Democrats. Conservatives and libertarians, even in their opposition to Trump, would never entertain the thought of voting for Clinton. Progressives and hard leftwing liberals didn’t back her in the primary against Senator Sanders for a reason and after their treatment during the primary, they’re unlikely to join her side in the general.
Is it true that Clinton is worse than Trump, or is this just more of Stein attempting to appeal to the supporters of Senator Sanders?
The former United States Senator from New York supported the Iraq War, which led to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and subsequent destabilization of the region. The time that followed saw the rise of ISIS, a radical group that has been terrorizing the region with monstrous acts of violence.
As Secretary of State, Clinton supported military intervention in Libya, continuing a trend of supporting ill-fated military interventions.
Also while Secretary of State, she accepted donations to the Clinton Foundation from oppressive countries like Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is known for its mistreatment of women and the LGBT community, both groups Democrats claim to be strong in support of. In Saudi Arabia, coming out of the closet can get an individual executed.
Does Hillary Clinton support the death penalty for being a homosexual?
Furthermore, as a United States Senator, Clinton supported various big government policies and legislation such as the USA PATRIOT Act. The former Secretary of State also believes that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden broke the law by exposing widespread abuses of the Constitution and should be prosecuted for sounding the alarm.
Stein’s claim that Clinton is worse than Trump thus has some truth to it. That does not necessarily mean Trump is any less dangerous by comparison, just that Clinton has an actual record that gives America proof of who she really is. For this reason, supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders should stick to their principles and not support Hillary Clinton.
Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party are waiting for your attention. Give them a look before even considering casting a vote for Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.