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Jill Stein: Democratic Party Has Track Record of Sabotaging Reformers Like Sanders

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In a recent interview with Katie Herzog from Grist, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein argues that “[t]he Democratic Party has a very clear track record of sabotaging rebels.”

Stein is referring to the fact that even though Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is upsetting the contest by winning states like Michigan, Hillary Clinton will likely be the nominee.

“The party does this fake go-left thing by allowing genuine reformers to be seen and heard, but they never allow them to go all the way. You can’t really have a revolutionary campaign inside a counter-revolutionary party,” Stein tells Herzog.

Just look back to the 1988 presidential primary contest, Stein says, when Jesse Jackson won 11 major primaries and was taken out by a fear campaign started by the Democratic Party itself.

Herzog and Stein are not alone in feeling that the Democratic Party will hand the nomination to Clinton and it’s easy to see why, Herzog explains.

The Democratic Party has a very clear track record of sabotaging rebels.
Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential Candidate

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, co-chaired Clinton’s 2008 bid for the White House. Wasserman Schultz is also in control of the debate schedule and she’s been accused of using that power to limit Sanders’ exposure to voters. Originally, the DNC scheduled only six Democratic debates — far fewer than the Republicans, and far fewer than the DNC held during the 2008 race. One was during an NFL playoff game.”

Not to mention the fact that third parties aren’t allowed to participate in these primary or general election debates, so winning the general election for a third-party candidate is an overwhelming obstacle that is nearly impossible with the current electoral system.

But, Stein tells Herzog that she has a plan to win the presidency and it involves cancelling the student loan debt of 43 million Americans. If all of these Americans voted, it would grant Stein a plurality of the votes to win the general election.

Unfortunately, as Stein mentions and as many Americans remember, the popular vote sometimes fails to elect presidents. “This is one of the many problems with our electoral process,” Stein adds, “it is a system designed to discourage people from voting.”

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Helene Millas
Helene Millas

Absolutely true ! We all had SO MUCH hope that the rot would be expunged, with Bernie at the helm & like-minded candidates on the down ticket. Now I fear it will be business as usual, $hillary will continue to cosie up to her Wall street buddies, plus Mosanto, Walmart, Frackers, For Profit health insurers,for profit prisons, and certaily do not count on anything changing with your Student loan problems..It will be business as usual IF she gets in, although I am comforted by the fact a majority of us will be voting for Jill Stein. Even if that means Trump gets elected. Maybe we need to hit rock bottom in this country for people to wake the hell up and realize something needs to change. #NEVERhillary #NotmeUs #JillNotHill

Carol Oliva
Carol Oliva

Americans fed up with the Big Banks controlling everything,and unfair trade for the american Worker are voting Trump. He is one of us ,and outside the current corrupt government! Hillary lied about him. Get to know him on You Tube. Watch Ivanka Trumps Speech fro the convention.

LaNaeh Ashford
LaNaeh Ashford

I am searching for a new candidate now that the #DirtyDNC stole the nomination. Ill be paying close attention coming up here because Ill be damned if I am voting the 2 party system Hell ya democracy!

Richard Davis
Richard Davis

I will stick with Gary Johnson! Right now he has the best chance to get into the debates, but if he does, Trump and Clinton will fight tooth and nail to keep him out!

Van Scheurich
Van Scheurich

The DNC and Hillary screwed the Bernie supporters big time. Took their $$ donations and then gave the nomination to Hillary. Why won't Bernie run as an Independent then? Why?

Damien Atman
Damien Atman

while i like jill stein, i will say that putting forth the same candidate every 4 years is not the way to be taken seriously. i voted for nader the first time. the second time, i said to myself, "what could possibly make this time any different." this goes for stein of the greens and johnson of the libertarians. more to the point, i recall the last "independent party debate," it included the libertarians, the greens, the constitution party and a few others. what struck me was not their differences but their similarities. they agreed on almost everything and, on almost every point, disagreed with the republicans and democrats. perhaps these separate parties could coalesce purely to disrupt the 2 party paradigm.

Damien Atman
Damien Atman

of course not. way too much ego. this year i'm voting for the guy who doesn't want the office.

Robert Scharf
Robert Scharf

COMMUNISM !!!! Yea like Cuba, Venezuela, most of the countries in Africa, and what the Soviet Union once was !! Check out, see how well the people of those countries are doing? The reason I bring up Communism here IS: There once was a devout Communist, named Saul Alinsky. Mr Alinsky was HELL BENT on the overthrow of the US government. He wrote a book called “Rules for Radicals”. This book has been the “playbook” Obama has been using to drag this nation down the tubes. WELL, guess who Mr. Alinsky MENTORED?????,,,,,,,,, Barack Obama, & Hillary Clinton! So I guess if you folks, that have your heads where the SUN don't SHINE, think that Obama has been a great president, and Hillary will make a better one, you better do your homework, or we will be another Venezuela. . BTW, because of the vast knowledge, that liberal communists, (better known as “Control Freaks”), have about how to run a nation, (LOL), a hamburger in Caracas Venezuela right now is, $170.00 , and there is a national food shortage. Communism, what a great system for the elite on top, and the SLAVEs on the bottom !! IT HAS NEVER WORKED !!! Anywhere in the WORLD it was TRIED ! ! ! Now all I have said here is factual, I researched it, so can you, if you get your head out into the sunshine. PS, ANY, and ALL use, reposting, crossposting, cut / paste, of this little personal statement, is pre-authorized. Have at IT !

James Golden
James Golden

It's no longer an Honest system for the benefit of it's Citizenry.

Chad Wilson
Chad Wilson

The American War for Independence was a Revolution - I think the word, even as Bernie used it, has been batted around so much that it's meaning has become tattered and its usefulness frayed.

Will Fischbach
Will Fischbach

13 million disenfranchised voters is not a fringe group. Clinton is not a viable candidate. #Demexit 2016

Keith Cooper
Keith Cooper

Still deciding between her and Johnson. She's leading.

William Gaul
William Gaul

who would you like to wake up in bed with Jill Stein or Hillary ?

Chris Smart
Chris Smart

Vote for Anyone else than Hillary, gives Trump a better chance to win... Just saying....

Melody Anicich
Melody Anicich

And I thought the Democratic Party was for Progessives. Guess not.

Marjorie Bierbrauer
Marjorie Bierbrauer

Bernie which one of the lesser of two evils has had the most people killed? I'm sick of scare tactics. Cornel West and Chris Hedges where are you. We need the people that are not afraid to talk back to Power. Keep it up Jill. I'm afraid this fight is global .

Tish Sankey
Tish Sankey

B.s. Nader wasn't sabotaged, he costs the Dems the election

William I. Fahey
William I. Fahey

The fact that she describes Sanders as a reformer is a bit scary itself!

Giles Paulson
Giles Paulson

Newest product of Progressive Social Science: Democratic Party GMO v2.0 - Elitist Clinton Party.

Paul Boehme
Paul Boehme

Listen to Sanders speech tonight, possibly the only political speech about Fixing the many problems of America.

Patrica Metsinger
Patrica Metsinger

So JILL you want Trump elected so you divide the party..If he's elected it's on you...

Roy Uzzle
Roy Uzzle

THE REPUGS DID AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM.

Cyndi Krieger
Cyndi Krieger

agreed, but until we get rid of the electoral college a third party doesn't stand much of a chance. They will always be more of a spoiler unless there is a fourth party and then you might as well let the house select the president and cancel the election altogether. It is a sucky system that must be abolished!

Robin Kaskey
Robin Kaskey

If there was anyone who could capture the leftist majority it would be Bernie. The opposition, Trump, can even more efficiently do what that party has been trying to do for decades now. Destroy our democracy and ravage our resources (land, labor and capital). This is why I will follow Bernie because I trust his judgement. We need to unite this time. The America Trump spoke of at his rally is a projection of what America will be under his leadership.

James Mccartney
James Mccartney

Progressives are fools when it comes to a winning strategy, remember if the Democrats don't take the Whitehouse you can flush your progressive ideas down the toilet for a generation.

Anatole Evans
Anatole Evans

Green Party or Trump for me! If Jill has a chance I will vote for her otherwise I vote for Trump to punish the DNC, idiots that don't vote, and the idiots that think HRC has a moral compass... Bernie or bust! Not mad at Bernie! Why not sell out!!! Hope he gets paid finally...

Dennis Maloney
Dennis Maloney

She's way, way to far left! She makes the Demorats look like Girl Scouts! Johnson is ok. But to late now for him. A vote for the a Third Party is a vote for Criminal Hillary! We can't let her gain the Oval. If she does our country is doomed !!!

Shenandoah Pitcher Veele
Shenandoah Pitcher Veele

The country is doomed if Trump gains the office as well...so what's your solution sparky?

Kathleen Mercier
Kathleen Mercier

The primary goal this election is to vote out as many Republicans as possible. Bernie did win, he got his message out their and people listened. Elections have been rigged for many years. If Trump gets in we will be starting from ZERO in four years. Hillary is not my choice, but I will do what is necessary to have a DEMOCRAT in the White House. Please put your anger aside and protect our White House. Politics will change but we must take baby steps. Bernie started many changes in the political arena and for that I am truly great full.

Judy Kempf
Judy Kempf

Oh deliever us from this................Who needs it or wants it.

Dave Yeager
Dave Yeager

If it's Killary, I'm voting for Jillary....

Nara Sihavong
Nara Sihavong

With the DNC's turmoil, America needs to go Green.

Sherry Nicholson
Sherry Nicholson

For people to think that both the RNC and the DNC don't pick winners and losers is a bit naive. It's part of politics and it isn't new. I venture a guess that the RNC was doing everything in its power to push anyone BUT Trump for months. If they committed those thoughts to e-mails, maybe the Chinese can hack into their system so we can get all riled up about that, too. Of course DWS favored Hillary. She's been her supporter for years. Bernie only ran with the Dems b/c he had no chance as an independent, which he IS. Look at Martin O'Malley who ran in the primary and is a Dem -- do you think the DNC gave him any attention whatsoever? Surely, Jill Stein isn't that naive?

George Scisco
George Scisco

We need to get rid of the parties they divided not brought us together. they run us not us run them there are differences among us all but i think we can agree get rid of the delegate system 1 person 1 vote.

Stephen R Webb
Stephen R Webb

Sadly, Jill Stein is absolutely correct. Still, it was worth a try.

Henry Quake
Henry Quake

I'm sorry but I just don't see Jill winning Hillary and dump have most of the votes so basically it will either be Hillary or dump but vote for who you will