Jill Stein nails how elitism made Trump president and could do the same again in 2020

Jill Stein & Donald Trump
Peadar O'Cearnaigh

Green Party 2012 and 2016 US presidential candidate Dr Jill Stein has reminded us how Donald Trump won the last election. According to Stein, Trump’s victory had everything to do with a poorly selected Democrat candidate. And that candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC), was the choice of the Democrat elite:

 

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Many progressives now believe that the Democratic establishment’s favourite to take on Trump in 2020 – Joe Biden – is essentially a rerun of the Clinton campaign, but even worse. With this in mind, Stein says Biden’s backers “are sleepwalking into a brutal beating” in November:

The attack on Stein

Stein’s first tweet was responding to an attack on her from economist and columnist Paul Krugman. Krugman highlighted that professor and author Dr Cornel West had supported Stein’s presidential election bid in 2016. As a result, according to Krugman, West should no longer be allowed attend Democrat events.

But West had also endorsed Bernie Sanders until Clinton got the nomination. He said Sanders was “the standard-bearer for truth and justice”. By contrast, he said Clinton was:

a neoliberal disaster… who generates a mass incarceration regime, who deregulates banks and markets, who promotes chaos of regime change in Libya, supports military coups in Honduras, undermines some of the magnificent efforts in Haiti of working people, and so forth.

Krugman’s attack on West referenced a New York Times article written by Lisa Lerer. Lerer’s article said West “pleaded with his ‘own Black people’ to support” Sanders at a rally in the city of Flint. And while her article mentioned that community activists attacked Biden’s criminal justice and housing policies, it predominantly asserted that Sanders wouldn’t win over any new Black voters. Lerer’s article claimed Sanders’s performance would mean he’s “unlikely to pull large numbers of African-Americans away from Mr. Biden”. But this isn’t the first time the mainstream media has attacked Sanders. So Lerer’s article wasn’t exactly alone.

Not alone

Stein also received quite a lot of support for her point of view:

And one person pointed out that Sanders has received support from prominent economist Joseph Stiglitz. In fact, Stiglitz believes Sanders would have beaten Trump in 2016.

Not a time for gripes

It’s a lazy argument to say that just because West endorsed Stein in 2016 that he shouldn’t be allowed near a Democrat rally. Because in endorsing Stein, West was endorsing the candidate he felt would do best by ordinary people – not the elite. So endorsing Sanders this time around is in keeping with that position. He’s consistent.

Meanwhile, the Democratic establishment seems to be doing its best to boost Biden and undermine Sanders:

Removing Trump from office and replacing him with a president that represents ordinary people is priority number one. Democratic Party elites, however, want Biden – no matter the cost, apparently. In such a critical election, progressives must not fall for their divisive, irresponsible propaganda.

Featured image via Flickr – Matt Johnson & Flickr – George Skidmore

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