Bernie Bros and other Sanders fanatics may not be politically homeless yet, but they’re likely to be by election day, if not many months before. Some of them may stay home. Some may choke back the bile and vote for Hillary Clinton or choose to burn it all down and go with Donald Trump. However, the most familiar candidate for these earnest folks might be the Green Party’s Dr. Jill Stein. Stein does not have the awesome ranting skills of Sanders, but she’s probably the best replacement available, in terms of ideology. And boy does she hate Hillary Clinton. She knows it, too, as she wrote on a Reddit AMA a month ago: “Bernie and I need to talk.”
The Green Party’s candidate in 2012 and 2016, Stein has received the most votes of any female candidate for president at nearly half a million. She’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and she’s a hardcore, protesting-Vietnam-in-college, wants to get rid of all nukes lefty, but that means she’s also a bracing alternative to fellow third party candidate libertarian Gary Johnson, as well as the Clinton v. Trump slog of sadness. Not to mention, back in 2012 she and her VP got themselves arrested when they protested their lack of invites to the debates. Stein has teamed up with the Libertarian Party to sue the Commission on Presidential Debates for inclusion.
WHERE THE GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE STANDS
DRUGS & CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Wants to legalize marijuana and hemp and wants to put hard drug abuse under the umbrella of public health concern. She is against police militarization and what some call the “school to prison pipeline.” She’s anti-death penalty.
She’s anti- war, drone war and foreign military bases, including Gitmo. She wants to cut the military budget by at least 50 percent. Kill lists and indefinite detainment are also a no-no.
Wants to ban GMOs and any pesticides with no proven safety record. Her comments about vaccinations strike some as flakey, but she’s for them, just suspicious of corporate mischief in medicine. She wants to cut military spending and do some space traveling.
Stein is intense about the environment. She is against fracking, called nuclear power plants “weapons of mass destruction” and wants to basically start a national drive to fight climate change.
She wants to eliminate warrantless surveillance and spying and to protect whistleblowers. Stein believes “Edward Snowden should be welcomed home as a hero with a confetti parade.”
She’s for a path to citizenship, so rest assured she’s not going to be deporting 11 million people like certain orange-colored, tiny-handed presidential candidates we could mention.
Stein is pro-choice on abortion and says that she believes a healthcare system that offers birth control regardless of religious views would lead to fewer women needing to have abortion.
Her current platform has all the necessary letters, “protect LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination” but few specifics. To her immense credit, she was for gay marriage more than a decade before Democrats decided it was cool.
She’s against Citizens United and other laws that (over) empower corporate speech. She’s for net neutrality.