Physician Jill Stein, who is seeking the Green Party’s nomination for president in 2016, has called Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Democratic presidential campaign “wonderful” and stated that the Green Party “will not attack that campaign.”
However, she told RT on Saturday, “But unfortunately he is in a party that has a track record for basically sabotaging its rebels. It has done a good job of doing that in the past from Dennis Kucinich to Jesse Jackson to Howard Dean, whether they use a PR campaign like the ‘Dean’s scream’ to bring down the Dean candidacy. Also Jesse Jackson was sabotaged by a PR by the DNC. The Democratic Party has its ways of reigning people in if they try to rebel. The bottom line is that we are in political system in the U.S., which is funded by predatory banks and fossil fueled giants and war profiteers. So, we really need to reject that system, we say to reject the lesser evil so we can stand up and really fight for the greater good.”
In a Monday interview on New England Public Radio, Stein said, “What’s been happening in the Democratic Party is you’ll have a good candidate who will run, but then the candidate gets reabsorbed and the campaign becomes reabsorbed back into the Democratic Party. So it’s kind of a fake left while the party becomes more corporatist, more militarist, and continues to march to the right.”
She called the grassroots movement that Sanders has tapped into a “rebellion” that “can’t simply be passed on to Hillary Clinton.”
Speaking on the current leaders in the Democratic and Republican presidential contests, Stein said that Trump and Clinton have “an awful lot in common” and are “representatives of oligarchy.”
She pointed to their advocacy of a muscular foreign policy as a specific example of a commonality between the candidates.
“We can’t afford to keep doing what’s not working. In my view, we need transformational change under a political party that is of, by, and for the people that’s not controlled by the big money,” said Stein.
In the below-embedded CBS 46 Reality Check video, Ben Swann points out how DNC technicalities enabled Clinton to obtain the same number of New Hampshire delegates as Sanders in spite of the Senator from Vermont’s overwhelming victory in the primary election.
Hillary Clinton was trounced in the New Hampshire Primary and yet thanks to the way the DNC rules work, she actually won the most delegates. Is the primary system a huge scam?
Posted by Ben Swann on Thursday, February 11, 2016
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