Halloween Just Got Scarier: The Not-so-Green Party Endorses Trump Over Clinton

[A version of this was published at Daily Kos]

The Green Party’s presidential candidate, Jill Stein, posted today on Facebook a link to an “Open Letter from the Social Media Director of the Stein/Baraka Campaign,” by someone whose name was given only as “Jillian.”  The message reads:

…A Clinton presidency is D A N G E R O U S … If a Trump presidency would mean that we have to fight ignorants in the streets—I’m ready for that. “

Stein commented “I couldn’t have said it better.”

I consider that sufficiently official. Journalists have been pushing Stein to answer this question throughout the campaign; it has now been answered.

Stein has been increasingly preparing her followers and the public for idea over the last few weeks.  She tweeted on Oct. 14:

Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy is much scarier than Donald Trump’s, who does not want to go to war with Russia. #PeaceOffensive

She retweeted an article by her running mate Ajamu Baraka on Oct 15 titled “Why Hillary Clinton Is More Dangerous Than Donald Trump,” which states:

The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton.

and on Oct. 16 retweeted Baraka’s tweet:

Expecting people of color to fear Donald Trump after all we’ve been through the last 200 years, is absurd.

On Oct. 21 she posted on Facebook an article titled:

What’s scarier than Donald Trump? Hillary Clinton’s plans to gut Social Security

Greens heavily spreading this message on social media and in articles such as this, that states “Donald Trump as president will do ‘less damage‘.”This may surprise many unfamiliar with Green Party history, but it fully adheres to Green Party tradition.  In 2000, Ralph Nader said on several occasions that he would prefer to see George W. Bush in the White House over Al Gore. Green Party leaders were open in their desire to stop Al Gore.

More history and analysis of this strange and very under-reported aspect of the Greens may be found at The Green Party Openly Preferred George W. Bush in 2000 and Openly Prefers Donald Trump Now.  It includes credibly-sourced quotes such as these from Ralph Nader:

When asked if someone put a gun to his head and told him to vote for either Gore or Bush, which he would choose, Nader answered without hesitation: “Bush… If you want the parties to diverge from one another, have Bush win.

In response to a reporter’s question “…does that mean you would not have a problem providing the margin of defeat for Gore?”

“I would not — not at all,” Nader answered.  “I’d rather have a provocateur than an anesthetizer in the White House. “

A news article reported:

After lambasting Gore as part of a do-nothing Clinton administration, Nader said: “If it were a choice between a provocateur and an ‘anesthetizer,’ I’d rather have a provocateur. It would mobilize us.”… in the past Nader has said that a Bush victory could have an oddly beneficial effect for the Green movement… Bush, Nader has said, could be the same kind of “provocateur” if elected.

In an interview with Tim Russert:

RUSSERT: Would it bother you that…Al Gore lost the election?

NADER: No, not at all… There may be a cold shower for four years that would help the Democratic Party… It doesn’t matter who is in the White House.

RUSSERT: … Would [Al Gore] not be better on [environmental and consumer] issues than George W. Bush?

NADER: …no… regulatory agencies under Clinton/Gore are as bad or worse than under Reagan/Bush

Greens are currently defending Stein over revelations of her investments in the world’s largest financial backer of palm oil plantations, the number one cause of deforestation in the world.Stein has come under heavy fire from progressives for her call to ban GMOs, which scientists and, increasing, environmentalists, agree that by increasing crop yields and improving disease and drought resistances, they mean less wildlife habitat lost, less water usage, less pesticides, less impact to biodiversity, and more of humanity fed.

Last week Stein bizarrely called for a national conversation on oppressive comedians, following criticism by John Oliver of her vaccine views and economic plans.

It will be interesting to hear Bernie Sanders’ reaction to the news, who is urging his followers to support Clinton.

I’d suggest these views place the Green Party as more of a bizarre alt-right then an alt-left political party.  I also recommend that journalists referring to the Green Party now use quotes, modifying the phrase to “Green” Party.

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Green Party Calls for National Conversation on Oppressive Comedians

No this is not from the Onion, but sadly, is real life.

A brave voice speaks out against Big Comedy. Jill Stein posted this on Facebook yesterday:

We need to begin having honest conversations about the oppressive tactics corporate comedians continue to do towards already-marginalized groups of people.

This country was built on oppressing The Other (Blacks and indigenous people) and I’m not going to stand for more of this while we deal with major crises in this country that could determine whether we’ll even survive as a species.

Read my statement about how deceptive comedy continues to silence anyone who speaks out against it: jill2016.com/oliveremail

https: //www.facebook.com/drjillstein/videos/1340906079282912/

Since she’s objecting to Oliver’s criticism of herself (for her pseudoscience and unworkable economics), the “marginalized group of people” she’s referring to must be multi-millionaire white politicians.  It’s about time someone stood up for them.  Go Jill!

I admit I’m confused as to how Oliver’s “deceptive comedy has silenced her for speaking out against him,” since here she is posting about it.  Guess her phone has been cut off.  John, you bastard!

Also this week in a new Reddit AMA (the advisor suggesting it no doubt having been fired), Stein was overwhelmed by a heartwarming display of science skepticism.  She disappeared early after she went down under a storm of downvotes for doubling down on the dangers of wifi on kids’ health.

Anyways… Alec Baldwin, your days of oppressing Donald Trump are OVER.

 

Jill Stein’s Green Party Madness: John Oliver’s Secret Corruption, Trump is Less Scary, Vaccine Dangers

By Bo Gardiner  [Excerpts.  The complete article was published at Patheos on 10/23/2016.]

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein continued her march into absurdity this week, and her claims are worth responding to with facts.

Exposing Big Satire

On Friday, Stein and her party announced that the global corporate conspiracy extends beyond the likes of Big Pharma and into the venerable world of political satire, launching an expose of popular left-wing comedian and TV host John Oliver, who picked apart her policy ideas during a recent segment on Last Week Tonight. She posted this meme on Facebook accusing the former Daily Show star of “secret connections to corporate corruption”:

JohnOliverSteinOliver had criticized her statements on vaccines and portrayed her mechanism for eliminating student debt as unworkable. The meme links to her campaign site, where the “rebuttal” is all ad hominem and no fact, complaining that Oliver’s satirical critique was a “demeaning,” “bitterly sarcastic rant.” So a politician regularly demeans those who don’t support her in bitter, sarcastic rants, but demands immunity from such criticism from the public?

Stein’s campaign then takes the very, very low road of seeking to destroy Oliver by accusing him of being dirty, by definition, due to his income… an income progressives gladly provide him for his brilliant nightly takedown of the right. Finally, and most absurdly, a national presidential campaign lowers itself by blaming declining donations on a comedian and with Trump-like juvenile whining:
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Green Party Was Unashamed To Openly Prefer Bush in 2000, or To Openly Prefer Trump Now

By Bo Gardiner  [Excerpts.  The complete article was published at Patheos on 10/20/2016.]

It’s a nearly forgotten yet proven fact that in the 2000 presidential race, Green Party candidate Ralph Nader openly expressed a preference for George W. Bush in the White House over Al Gore.

eatd7riIt should be no surprise, then, that the Greens’ current presidential and VP candidates, Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, have begun expressing their preference for a Donald Trump victory. Last week on C-SPAN, Stein said:
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There Was Nothing Wrong with Richard Dawkins’ Tweet That “Islam Needs a Feminist Revolution”

[Excerpts from my post at The Friendly Atheist]

By Bo Gardiner

I’ve disagreed with Richard Dawkins before on his insensitivity to women, feminism, and majority privilege. Some of it he’s apologized for, so I’d like to think we’re starting to be heard. I know all too well from environmental campaigns the importance of acknowledging our successes.

And thus, I part with my fellow Friendly Atheist contributor Lauren Nelson in her recent post, which struck out scathingly at Dawkins for the following single tweet:

There is nothing wrong with those words.  The question deserves answers, not attacks.

Lauren wrote:

It’s not unusual for renowned atheist Richard Dawkins to rub people of faith the wrong way. It’s not unheard of for him to get on the bad side of feminists. But it’s not every day that he pisses off the intersection of the two groups. But this week, with a series of tweets, that’s exactly what Dawkins did.

He started the hullabaloo off with this humdinger:  “Islam needs a feminist revolution. It will be hard. What can we do to help?”

When I first saw her headline — “Richard Dawkins Fails Spectacularly on Feminism and Islam” — I sighed and thought “Oh dear, what has he said now?” But when I arrived at his tweet, I kept scanning, looking for the bad part. I couldn’t believe it when I realized that was it. The entire article was a critique on those 15 words, and, in my opinion, it didn’t advance feminist goals, progressive goals, or Humanist goals.

Let’s work through her tally of problems with it.

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