Jill Stein’s running mate: ‘So be it’ if we played spoiler to Clinton
The bottom half of the Green Party’s recent presidential ticket says “so be it” if Jill Stein’s candidacy played spoiler to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s election chances.
Since the election, Stein has rejected accusations by some in the media and Clinton supporters that her campaign, which earned about 1 percent of the popular vote at nearly 1.5 million votes, helped to hand the election over to Republican Donald Trump.
During a Facebook Live discussion Tuesday night, her response to the topic remained unchanged. Stein suggested that nearly 60 percent of Green Party voters would not have come out to vote if they didn’t have a Green Party candidate for whom to vote. Furthermore, over one-third of those who would have cast a vote anyway said they would have picked Trump, Stein added.
“When you actually run the numbers, the benefit to Hillary Clinton wiping out our campaign would not have made a difference in any state,” Stein said.
Stein’s former vice presidential running mate, Ajamu Baraka, took her defensive stance on the Green Party’s impact a step further.
“I’m one that does not shy away from that notion of a spoiler,” Baraka said after Stein spoke. “We are in this struggle to build a party, to advance our interests … When you impact an election, then so be it.”
He went on to say the Green Party needs to embrace this attitude because of the threat of “pressure” that will be placed on the third-party’s future presidential ambitions to step aside.
“Whatever that means in terms of short-term politics — so be it,” Baraka said.
Jill Stein went to Trump Tower on Monday to press her case for long-shot recounts in three closely contested states in last month’s presidential election.
Ms. Stein, the Green Party presidential nominee and now the leader of the recount campaign, appeared emboldened by an early morning federal court ruling that ordered Michigan elections officials — over the protests of President-elect Donald J. Trump and his allies — to begin a recount by noon Monday.
In Pennsylvania, where Ms. Stein’s bid has also faced resistance, her lawyers sued in federal court on Monday, asking a judge to order a recount on constitutional grounds. That move, an apparently last-ditch attempt to review the state’s votes, came after the recount campaign suffered a setback on Saturday when it dropped its election complaint in state court, citing costs.
After finishing a distant fourth place in the presidential election, Ms. Stein has initiated the push for recounts in the two states, as well as in Wisconsin. She has cited concerns about hacking and the reliability of voting machines, prompting legal clashes with lawyers for Mr. Trump and his allies, who see the recounts as a costly and burdensome delay tactic.
“We are here to assure Donald Trump that there is nothing to be afraid of,” Ms. Stein said during a news conference and rally with his tower as a backdrop. “If you believe in democracy, if you believe in the credibility of your victory, put down your arms, end your bureaucratic obstruction, end your intimidation.”
The president-elect, who has raised his own doubts about the election, including his claim without evidence that “millions” of people voted illegally, has chided the recount effort. On Sunday, he went on Twitterto celebrate the setback in Pennsylvania, calling the bid a “Stein scam to raise money.”
Representatives of Mr. Trump did not respond to requests for comment on Monday.
Ms. Stein raised more than $7 million for the recount costs, as some supporters of Hillary Clinton have seen the effort as a last hope to change the outcome of the Nov. 8 election. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign has played a passive role in the process, acknowledging that the margins in the three states are too much to overcome.
Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to Mr. Trump, said on “Fox News Sunday” that Ms. Stein should “give it up.” Ms. Conway said, “Even your friends in the Clinton campaign have admitted that these recounts will not change any results.”
But instead, Ms. Stein seemed to be redoubling the effort on Monday with just two weeks remaining before the Electoral College is set to meet and install Mr. Trump. Mrs. Clinton would need to be named the winner in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to reverse the outcome of the election.
In Michigan, county clerks were racing to begin a recount of that state’s 4.8 million votes after an overnight federal court order concluded that waiting a few days longer might prevent the state from finishing a recount in time to meet deadlines.
The Michigan Republican Party filed notice that it planned to appeal the order, saying that state courts should decide the matter.
Mr. Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes, and Ms. Stein has pointed to the number of people — about 75,000 — who voted in the election in Michigan but did not cast votes for president as a cause for questions.
Judge Mark Goldsmith of the United States District Court issued an order that clerks begin counting by noon Monday, sending local authorities rushing to arrange workers, meeting halls, security and other details of the recount several days earlier than had been expected.
Uncertainty about a later start date, Judge Goldsmith wrote, “shows that there is a credible threat to the voters’ right to have a determination made that Michigan’s vote for president was properly tabulated.”
Judge Goldsmith was nominated to the court by President Obama.
Officials in at least two counties were prepared to begin at noon, elections officials said, one at a county fairgrounds, the other in a school district facility.
But the fate of a recount in Michigan, which Republicans in the state have described as needless and expensive, remains tangled in additional litigation in other courts.
In Pennsylvania, Ms. Stein’s lawyers turned their focus to the federal courts, filing a motion seeking an order for a recount and a forensic examination of voting machines.
Last week, lawyers for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania and Mr. Trump countered an election challenge filed by Ms. Stein’s lawyers in state court, saying that Ms. Stein had not found fraud or illegality in the election. Ms. Stein’s lawyers dropped that claim on Saturday, citing a court order to pay a $1 million bond to proceed.
In federal court papers, lawyers for Ms. Stein wrote that a close accounting of votes was necessary in Pennsylvania because the state’s election system was “a national disgrace” that forced voters to use “vulnerable, hackable, antiquated technology banned in other states,” without a paper trail.
Jill Stein praises Fidel Castro: ‘A symbol of the struggle for justice’
“Fidel Castro was a symbol of the struggle for justice in the shadow of empire. Presente!” Stein wrote on Twitter Saturday afternoon.
Fidel Castro was a symbol of the struggle for justice in the shadow of empire. Presente!
The Tweet came on the heel of other pro-Castro remarks Stein had made in an interview with Paste Magazine.
Castro’s death Friday, she told the pop culture magazine “feels like the passing of an era of incredible struggle against empire right across the water—whether you live in Haiti or in Cuba or even much of the rest of South America, there’s been a real struggle for social justice and it’s been very difficult.
“Cuba was in many ways the face of that movement, which continues to this day.”
Jill filed for the WI recount on Friday:
Dr. Stein spoke before hundreds of supporters in EVA Galeria de Arte. Green party candidates for Statewide and local offices spoke before Dr. Stein.
• $15 minimum wage
• Free college
• Forgive all student debt
• Stop the TPP
• Reform the prison industrial complex
• Hold the police accountable and stop the needless, shootings of African Americans
• legalize marijuana nationally
• End the wars in the Middle East saving millions of lives and billions of dollars..
• Reform our broken health system with single payer that covers everyone.
* Renter’s rights: rent control stops gouging. End no-cause evictions.Join us on Sunday October 16 from 4-7pm at Galeria EVA! 3412 S. Flores St.
Featuring Rodolfo Rivera Muñoz, candidate for the Texas Supreme Court. (@ a minute & a half)
Video by Ala’a Ibrahim for The Daily Texan, Austin TX
Jill Stein: Why I should be in the debates
Largest group of voters are independents. Four candidates should be included.
According to USA TODAY, 76% of voters want four-candidate debates. Voters need to know all their options and see all candidates debating on a wide range of issues. Every candidate who could win a majority of the electoral college should be included.
The Democrats and Republicans should not exclude their competitors. The debate commission is a deception created by the parties to keep competition out. It undermines democracy for two parties to silence their competition. In 1988, the League of Women Voters warned the parties would “perpetrate a fraud on the American voter” and refused to be “an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public.”
The debates will ignore critical issues. I am the only candidate who does not take corporate donations or have a super PAC and therefore can represent the people.
No other candidate has a plan to end the debt of Millennials, who are unable to participate in the economy because of unfair college tuition.
No other candidate will bring the rule of law to Wall Street and break up big banks.
High-quality health care through an improved Medicare for all is only supported by me.
I’m the only candidate urging a World War II-style mobilization to confront climate change, creating a clean-energy economy and an emergency jobs program.
These are some of the many issues, supported by majorities of U.S. voters, that will not be discussed with only two candidates debating.
Democrats and Republicans nominated the two most unpopular candidates in history, both parties are shrinking, and the largest group of voters are independents. Four candidates should be included.
The central issue of our time — the crisis of democracy — will not be discussed. Is this a country dominated by people or corporations? Do people rule or does money?
The two parties represent the interests of corporations and money and should not be able to keep out competition. A country ruled by the people demands open debates.
Jill Stein is the Green Party nominee for president of the United States
(“Dorchals”) at 1902 S.Flores have invited us to their Brewery Cafe for a Monday Sept 26 Debate Watch Party. Offered space for us to table Jill Stein material.
The debate will run from 9 to 10:30 pm EDT at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. That is 8 to 9:30 CDT here in Texas. Various streams will kick in at 7:30. Plan to be at Dorćol by @ 7:00 pm.