U.S. Green Party’s 2016 vice-presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka and presidential candidate Jill Stein (Source: Wikipedia Commons)
I have received a March 20 communication from the European Green Party officially rejecting the U.S. Green Party’s “Republicans are preferable to Democrats” stance.
This was in response to my query to them asking if they share the views expressed by numerous U.S. Green Party leaders and allies that Republicans in American office are preferable to Democrats. I provided them a link to a compilation of statements, each with a link to its original source so validity and context are easily verified. It includes views such as such as this from U.S. Greens’ 2016 presidential candidate Jill Stein in October 2016:
If you watched the debate the other night, you would have heard Trump saying that he’s looking for collaboration with Putin… he’s got business interests all over the place; on that basis, hey wow, maybe he’d be the peace president because he needs peace all over the place… Yeah, climate change is horrific, but it’s not happening tomorrow.
Among the many similar pronouncements by U.S. Green leaders are an article by Stein posted in October titled “What’s scarier than Donald Trump? Hillary Clinton’s plans to gut Social Security;” an article that her running mate Ajamu Baraka tweeted in October titled “Why Hillary Clinton Is More Dangerous Than Donald Trump;” and a statement from the U.S. Greens’ 2016 campaign social media director Jillian Thomas explaining her own preference for Trump over Clinton.
There are many more. Ralph Nader, U.S. Greens’ 2000 presidential candidate, similarly often stated his desire to see Al Gore defeated and George W. Bush win.
The reaction from Eliana Capretti, Head of Communications and Press, European Green Party, was a swift, thorough and unambiguous repudiation:
Jill Stein: Swing-State Voters Should Still Vote for Me Even If It Means Donald Trump Gets Elected
[Excerpt. Read the full article at Patheos].
Al Jazeera’s UpFront host Mehdi Hasan confronted Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein last week about continuing her campaign knowing it could produce a Trump victory.
Her responses seemed startlingly detached from reality, by
- pretending she might win, despite polling at only 3-4%
- denying that a progressive should be more alarmed by Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton
- dismissing any personal responsibility to “get out of the way” of those working to stop Trump
- rejecting the advice of prominent fellow Green Noam Chomsky to swing-state Greens to vote against Trump by voting for Clinton
- immaturely insulting the man she asked to be her running mate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, who now passionately urges voters to stand with Clinton, by suggesting he’s not acting on deeply held principles but rather that he’s someone who has “drunk the Kool-Aid.”
This morning I was a guest on MSNBC’s AM Joy show with Joy-Ann Reid, discussing the disappointingly nonprogressive, anti-science beliefs of the Green Party and its candidate Dr. Jill Stein, with their potential for harm to public health and the environment. Full video here.
Wonder if she was surprised to hear me bring up tigers and orangutans.
Let’s simply let her supporters answer.
Here are some comments from angry Jill Stein supporters on the Friendly Atheist Facebook page in response to my article criticizing her statements on the U.S. vaccination program. It was gratifying to see these dwarfed by many thousands of likes and shares, as was a lovely mention as well by the national progressive humanist group Center for Inquiry’s Paul Fidalgo in his daily roundup of humanist news:
Speaking of Stein, Bo Gardiner does a good overview of Stein’s many pseudoscientific predilections.
But it’s a veritable online rule that people who disagree are the most likely to comment, and comment they did.
[A version of this article appeared on July 27 at The Friendly Atheist.]
By Bo Gardiner
In a 2013 speech, Jill Stein calls for the imprisonment of GMO producers based on discredited claims, ignores the environmental damage that would produce, and says the difference between the major parties is mere “window dressing” [Source: YouTube].
I’m a strong progressive with socialist leanings, but more than anything else, I’m an environmentalist working for biodiversity – it’s my life’s passion. I campaign hard for Greens running in local elections. While a government environmental scientist, I successfully blew the whistle more than once on politicized agencies’ illegal actions to permit corporate pollution. I pushed my agencies hard to put science over politics and stop dragging their feet on climate change. While working for a nonprofit conservation group, I managed successful statewide biodiversity campaigns, criticizing politicians and government agencies who were obstacles. In my personal life, I’m a naturalist and organic gardener, who lectures about gardening for wildlife.
For these reasons, I would not dream of voting for Jill Stein, and will be voting for Hillary Clinton for President. Does this surprise you? It shouldn’t if you’re looking deep enough.