On Tuesday, Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein appeared on C-SPAN to discuss a variety of topics pertaining to the presidential race, the future of our country, and foreign policy. During this interview, Stein was critical of Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
In a scathing commentary about voting for the lesser evil versus the greater evil, Stein said that kind of thinking is how we got to such dire circumstances, to begin with.
“It’s important to look at where we are going. It’s not just a moment in time but where has the strategy of voting for the lesser evil taken us? All these times you have been told to vote for the lesser evil because you didn’t want the wars, or the meltdown of the climate, or the offshoring of our jobs, or the attack on immigrants or the massive bailout for Wall Street; that is actually what we have gotten. By the droves.”
Despite the recent release of tapes that caught Donald Trump admitting to sexually assaulting women, Stein maintains that Trump’s position on Russia is more conducive to peace than Clinton’s no-fly zone Syria policy. Clinton’s foreign policy, Stein believes, could have greater, more damaging, implications in the long term. In fact, Stein put the blame for Trump’s ascension to the nomination squarely on Bill and Hillary Clinton’s shoulders.
“Donald Trump and the right wing extremism grows out of the policies of the Clintons; in particular NAFTA, which sent our jobs overseas, and Wall Street deregulation, which blew nine million jobs up in smoke.”
Clinton, said Stein, supports creating no-fly zones over Syria, which Vladimir Putin could see as an act of aggression from the United States. Trump, on the other hand, “wants to seek modes of working together” with Russia, a position that Stein agrees with.
“On the issue of war and nuclear weapons, it is actually Hillary’s policies which are much scarier than Donald Trump who does not want to go to war with Russia.”
In spite of her semi-favorable words concerning Trump’s Russia and Syria policy, Stein made it clear that she is no fan of him, either.
“I sure won’t sleep well at night if Donald Trump is elected, but I sure won’t sleep well at night if Hillary Clinton is elected.”
Libertarian Gary Johnson has made some very public and embarrassing stumbles in recent weeks, while Stein continues to prove that she is knowledgeable, consistent, and well-spoken about critical issues facing the nation. While her support overall hovers around 2.4 percent, IB Times reports that the Green party is gaining traction among voters under the age of 30.
A New York Times/CBS News poll in September put Stein’s support among people in this age group at 10 percent. This is important because more and more young people have eschewed the Democratic party after damning revelations have emerged that Hillary Clinton and the DNC worked in conjunction to rig the Democratic primary election.
In May, Brad Friedman of Brad Blog interviewed Stein for Salon and even then, she warned that a Hillary Clinton win could take us into a nuclear war very quickly. She also painted Clinton as a sort of Frankenstein who created the monster named Donald Trump.
On C-SPAN, Stein continued to blast Clinton for her hawkish policies.
“It is now Hillary Clinton that wants to start an air war with Russia over Syria by calling for a no-fly zone. We have 2,000 nuclear missiles on hair-trigger alert. They are saying we are closer to a nuclear war than we have ever been.”
The “they” in Stein’s statement may be former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who has expressed deep concern about the state of U.S.-Russia relations. Gorbachev was the final leader of the Soviet Union and actively sought to bring about true peace between our nations. Now, however, it appears the Vladimir Putin, President Obama, and Hillary Clinton are jockeying to create another global conflict.
On Monday, Gorbachev warned of a “dangerous point” in U.S.-Russia relations, describing the strained relationship as the lowest point in years. He implored the two nations to re-open a dialogue in order to avoid disastrous consequences according to Agence Presse-France via Yahoo News.
“It is necessary to return to the main priorities. These are nuclear disarmament, the fight against terrorism, the prevention of an environmental disaster. Compared to these challenges, all the rest slips into the background.”
As Jill Stein seeks to bring attention to the hawkish policies of the Democrats and Hillary Clinton, the citizens of the United States wonder whether in the coming months they will be forced into a global war they neither want nor support.
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