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

Created: 15 March, 2016
Updated: 16 October, 2022
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argues that “he Democratic Party has a very clear track record of sabotaging rebels."

In a recent interview with Katie Herzog from Grist, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein

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.

"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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