Green Party candidate Jill Stein blasted Hillary Clinton as having little difference with Donald Trump, saying that while Trump “says scary things,” Clinton actually does them.
“Trump says very scary things—deporting immigrants, massive militarism and, you know, ignoring the climate,” Stein said in an interview with Democracy Now, according to a transcript. “Well, Hillary, unfortunately, has a track record for doing all of those things.
“So, the terrible things that we expect from Donald Trump, we’ve actually already seen from Hillary Clinton,” Stein added. “So I’d say, don’t be a victim of this propaganda campaign, which is being waged by people who exercise selective amnesia.”
This is pretty much the argument that is directed at #NeverTrump, too. Is it reasonable to compare the stuff Trump might do with the stuff Hillary has done and conclude that Trump is objectively a worse choice? Given Clinton’s documented track record of dishonesty, criminality, and ineptitude, that sets a pretty high bar to clear.
Stein raises an issue that is going to haunt the Clinton campaign. The general lack of respect shown the Sanders people by the Democrat party has many of them, like Stein, advocating voting third party or supporting Donald Trump. The Green Party has long been home to disaffected Democrats and just as we blame Ross Perot for 1992 and, to a lesser extent 1996, many on the left blame 2000 on Ralph Nader. Clinton’s imperious nature and inbred lack of integrity could very well drive enough Democrat votes to the Green Party to make a difference.