Green Party Candidate Jill Stein Sides with Donald Trump, Praises Bigotry-Driven Brexit Vote

Update: Since this story was published, Jill Stein secretly changed her statement online without indicating she did so. What’s posted now is not what her original statement was.

While I admire the passion of Green Party people, too often I’ve found many of them to act like a liberal version of the tea party. One of my main issues with some of these folks is that they spend more time bashing and attacking Democrats for not being “liberal enough,” while almost never going after Republicans. If anything, their “goal” seems to be to pull support away from Democrats to help Republicans gain more victories — which makes absolutely no sense.

After all, that’s what happened in 2000 when “not liberal enough” Al Gore lost to George W. Bush thanks to the help of Green Party hero Ralph Nader.

Meanwhile, the “not quite liberal enough” Gore went on to be one of the leading advocates for combating climate change, while Nader being in the race helped one of the worst presidents in U.S. history spend the next eight years destroying this country.

But in 2000, you could not convince these Green Party folks that Gore was much better than Bush — they weren’t having it.

Good job! 

Now, 16 years later, we’re seeing a similar situation play out as the Green Party is trying to seize on Bernie Sanders’ success, not to go after and defeat Donald Trump, but to seemingly do whatever they can to keep Hillary Clinton from winning. Because, you know, apparently these folks didn’t learn anything from how that worked out for us the last time.

Well, following the Brexit vote, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein came out praising the decision — though all she really did was showcase that she doesn’t seem to understand what this vote was really about.

Here are a few excerpts from a statement she posted online:

The vote in Britain to exit the European Union (EU) is a victory for those who believe in the right of self-determination and who reject the pro-corporate, austerity policies of the political elites in EU. The vote says no to the EU’s vision of a world run by and for big business. It is also a rejection of the European political elite and their contempt for ordinary people.

Unfortunately, the rejection was also motivated by attacks on immigrants and refugees, which must be opposed. That is a defeat.

The Brexit vote is one more sign that voters are in revolt against the rigged economy and the rigged political system that created it. People want change and they will get it one way or the other.

We must build a culture of inclusiveness and respect, and challenge the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim pronouncements of demagogues who divide and distract us from the real source of economic distress – the economic elites throwing us all under the bus.

The rest of it is just her complaining about trade deals, banks and the typical talking points you’d expect to hear from her.

She can try to exploit this vote to push whatever rhetoric she wants as a means of getting herself some attention, but Brexit isn’t about trade deals, a “rigged” system or any of that, this was about racism and bigotry — period.

The push for the British exit from the EU was something heavily supported by Ukip, a radical right-wing populist party built on racism, bigotry and intense anti-immigrant policies. They’re basically the “Donald Trump” of Britain, though actually worse.

Even British millennials (one of the key demographics for people like Stein), overwhelmingly opposed Brexit. In fact, since its passage, there’s been quite the, “Oh, crap, what did we do?” movement that’s been growing in Britain to try to find a way to hold the vote again.

This is what I mean when I say ideologues get blinded by their agenda to such an extent that they’re often unable to see the bigger picture. While some within the Brexit movement seized on economic frustrations to lie to and manipulate people, what these folks were really doing was using the legitimate issues of income inequality to mask the truth that Brexit was being driven by the same racism, bigotry and ignorance that’s supported by Donald Trump.

So, when someone like Green Party icon Jill Stein comes out praising the vote, all she’s really doing is finding herself on the same side of ignorant racists like Donald Trump and those in Britain who used this vote, and blatantly lied to the people, as a tool to help them facilitate their anti-immigrant, racist policies throughout the country.

Supporting bigotry, racism and borderline fascism is never worth it just because you like their thoughts on trade agreements and banks.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • cruisersailor

    Corporate media ignores the Green Party. So most voters never get to hear what Jill Stein says.

    • fishskicanoe

      Which is good for Stein, it seems. The main victims of Brexit are the young who went to bed the night before the election with the opportunity that came with by citizenship in a diverse, half billion large economic and cultural community and woke up citizens of an aging, disintegrating and inward looking nation. For Stein to believe that Boris Johnson and his ilk aren’t as much of the fat cat class as Merkel and her pals is either naive or worse.

      • Eisenhower_Dwight_D_USA

        Stein and Slanders are in the same demographic that voted for the Insane BREXIT.

      • Brendan Davison

        People over 50?

      • FreeSpeechIsntCrime

        The lies never stop from these Clinton frauds. Clinton is so polarizing she is *Bi-Polarizing* and it’s contagious.

  • This is a great example of a Fox News headline. You should be so proud of yourself for spreading ignorance and falsehood in the name of your party.

  • Kubie

    Kind of have it reversee dont you in this article?

    Its Trump thats trying to sound more progressive like the Bernie and the Green Party who have been correct and have forewarned you all decades ahead.

    Trump is the “copy me” newcomer to politics!!!
    The Clintons and Trumps have been friends for decades!!

  • cwnidog

    So much easier to call “Leave” voters bigoted than it is to look at the underlying reasons why they voted the way they did. Not everyone came out ahead in recovery from the 2008 recession, for many it’s still going on. The EU was the wrong target for them to hit, but it was the only target they were given. But go ahead, dismiss them as bigots, don’t examine the world they live in, and then be surprised again the next time something like this happens.

    Perhaps this November in the US?

  • David Lally

    oh dear, so Allen is another who mindlessly swallowed the “It’s Nader’s fault Gore didn’t win!” bullshit. Pity it’s not backed up by actual facts, and is litle more than myth. https://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/6/1260721/-The-Nader-Myth

    • noah vail

      do you need more sand to put your head in ?

    • Moose!

      Please, no references to that lame-ass MSM sellout site, Daily Kos.

      • Pity your kneejerk reaction that prevents you from reading a pretty compelling case.

        Gore was a shit candidate. There was also a backlash against Bill Clinton from voters (many of them Democrat) who found his behavior abhorrent and voted for bush. Nader was also not the only third party candidate on the ballot but you never blame all third party candidate of the Dems whose votes for bush played a big role in his sad victory.

    • strayaway

      I voted for Nader but would have voted Republican before voting for the ever creepy Al Gore. Since then, Al Gore set up a company to profit from energy credit trades. He needed the money. After all, Al Gore’s $8.9M house uses $30,000 of utilities per year.

      • Eric Lilly

        How come no one ever mentions the fact that he runs business out of that house or gets his energy from sustainable energy utility companies?

  • bbarnavi

    From HER VERY OWN WEBSITE:
    “Unfortunately, the rejection was also motivated by attacks on immigrants and refugees, which must be opposed. That is a defeat.”

    You keep on pushing those discredited anti-Left memes, though.

  • robert

    Green parties around the world are loaded with racists, xenophobes, antisemites and neo-Nazis. Naive people assume the Greens’ passion for the environment is necessarily linked with other “progressive” positions. They are wrong.

    • alexreinhardt

      You lie robert, just like your DNC $Hillarite masters.

  • Kyle Brown

    Do you ever get embarrassed, Allen? About your inability to see past the surface of any issue? I haven’t seen anything from. Your God awful 3rd trimester abortion of a site in a year or so. Then someone showed me this laughable atrocity. Oh, brought back memories.

    -sincerely,
    A former straight ticket Democrat too disgusted by people like you to continue supporting them.

  • ratherdrive

    Very well said, Allen!

  • johnsmart

    stein is a useless whiny idiot. I do not if the “corporate media” is the reason she is ignored.. i suspect she’s ignored because she’s a moron.

    • FreeSpeechIsntCrime

      Thus the reason for this *slanderous article*?

  • johnsmart

    it is worth noting that Greens are often quiet white privilege racists.

    • alexreinhardt

      Fuck off johndumbass.

  • knifemare69

    Every time the bankers lose a public vote, banker-owned media and their leftist sycophants crow that it was ‘bigotry driven.’

    That smear just doesn’t work any more *ssholes. Brexit was about leaving an unelected dictatorship run by inbred banker aristocrat scumbags.

  • strayaway

    The Brexit victory was a huge defeat to Hillary financiers Goldman-Sachs and George Soros. Next, we’ll be seeing editorials about how Iceland should be punished for throwing its bankers in jail and how TPP agreements will be good for us.

    Obama representing Goldman-Sachs, George Soros, and the gang before Brexit with regard to trade (thug talk): “The UK is going to be in the back of the queue.”

    Obama after the Brexit victory: “The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision,””The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, and economic policy.”

    Norway and Switzerland continue to prosper without being part of the EU. This probably isn’t the end of the world for England either. Brexit, however, might make it more difficult for Angela Merkel and the Eurocrats to pay for Greece and other mistakes. Who do English workers think they are questioning the wisdom of the oligarchs who flood England with cheap foreign labor?

    • Mij Swerdna

      Well said.

  • Jones Murphy

    Look at the demographics of the Green Party, and it looks like the Tea Party. These are emotional conservatives. They state an excellent agenda, but spend most of their energy attacking the Democrats who are far more in agreement. That’s dishonest conservatism

  • YourDaddi

    Wow… This article is sooo over opinionated… Poor excuse of journalism… Gtfo

  • Haleh Niazmand

    This is idiotic Article. Many english leftist intellectuals think England exiting EU may be better for the rest of suffering Europe. This is when ignorant people talk.

  • SkyeIDEK

    this is such a neo-liberal anti progressive site lmao

  • Bethanymonday

    Stein criticises the EU from an anti-corporate stance. The bigoted criticise it from a racist stance. Try not to confuse the two, Allen!
    The referendum actually had many different arguments – it was not solely about bigotry, despite your superficial view of it! Many lefties voted to leave because they saw the undemocratic, elitist, corporatist nature of the EU, and despaired of ever reforming it. I’ve no idea whether they were right or wrong, but they were not bigots.
    And since when are the Democrats and Republicans the only valid choices for government? Why should we not criticise neo-liberalism, corporatism and militarism in Democrat politicians, just because Republicans are similar? Yours is an absurdly partisan and simplistic approach to politics!

  • Vescha Lahearse

    Hmmm….I keep thinking about there being a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other. It seems as if his article bashing a woman who isn’t sticking her hands in the wallets of the middle class to serve her corporate masters is a bit hypocritical. The narrative that has been pushed so far has been “how very dare you dislike vagina”? It looks to me as if it was all baloney.

  • James Alan Groome

    Why should unaccountable Europeans with no ties to Britain determine the country’s direction?
    Should Britain not be the arbiter of it’s destiny?

  • James Carpenter

    Note to Author:

    What has the Democratic party done to win your loyalty?

    You’re writing this as if you’ve worked so closely to the clinton campaign that can only explain the sense of entitlement you feel that people should bow down and vote for Hillary Clinton a candidate hand picked within the democratic party. The democratic party had all of the statistics and numbers that showed them increasingly that nobody wants to waste their vote on a candidate riddled in scandals and unfinished lawsuits that range from an IRS & FBI investigation into pay-to-play for donations to the clinton foundation for political favors, an FBI perjury investigation, and the department of justice–homeland security–oversight committee investigations about what the consequences will be for Hillary for the fact that she did mishandle classified information.

    Bernie Sanders was 10+ points a head in the polls, he won the popular vote, (actually winning California) but the media, the DNC, the clinton campaign, and the Whitehouse chose a candidate that cannot win because she is not honest and is not very well liked in the public eye.

    Why doesn’t the public like Hillary Clinton?

    Hillary Clinton has been the focus of investigations involving campaign finance laws and abusing her use of power since the 90’s. Two decades of public static and poor choices has crippled any hope there ever was of a kind, decent, affective, honest, hard working leader. Americans want a leader with a vision, someone with a detailed plan, and someone they can trust.

    Hillary abandoned the liberal youth vote, she never had a chance of getting it because we have caught onto advertising and marketing campaigns. We aren’t won over by basic campaign rhetoric inserting the “fear of a Donald Trump presidency.”

    Do you understand the goals of going Green?

    You mention your view of the green party’s goal, but I think you’re misinformed…

    “If anything, their “goal” seems to be to pull support away from Democrats to help Republicans gain more victories — which makes absolutely no sense.”

    The goals of going green do not to support a particular party preference. If a political party does not support all of the core values it takes to secure a vote then it remedies itself to be inadequate and ultimately unsustainable. The goal of the green party is to listen to the people and be the voice of the people. The party platform puts people and the planet over profit.

    A vote for a third party candidate is a “vote for trump.”

    Understanding your place as a consumer is easier to do when you’re not ready to buy. If you’re not ready to buy then you can examine your product to make sure it’s going to do everything the advertising says it will. Another thing to understand as a consumer is realizing when you’re being advertised to. When you break down the origin of the above statement that you briefly suggested that any vote that doesn’t go to Hillary will get trump elected, I think you’re missing two things.

    1. A vote for Jill Stein is a vote for Jill Stein
    2. A vote for a third party candidate is a marketing strategy from the clinton campaign used to scare people into voting for a candidate they don’t necessarily care for. This was an attempt to sway Bernie Sanders voters into supporting Hillary.

    The benefit of Voting for Jill Stein

    Voting for Jill Stein will let the Democratic party know they cannot suppress our voice. As an avid Bernie Sanders supporter I am disgusted at the DNC, Debbie Washerman Shultz, Barbra Boxer, and Hillary Clinton. The proof behind the primary is that Bernie Sanders would have won by a landslide had there not been as much voter & election fraud that was reported.

    I watched Bernie Sanders get every green light in the book to have the whitehouse and make the world greater because of it, he was blessed by the pope in a manner of speaking, god sent him a beautiful birdie to bless his podium, and he got my vote because of the truth he gave the american people. Bernie had a revolutionary vision for the democratic party but the DNC didn’t take all of his ideas, not because they can’t happen, but because corporations have had too much influence in trade policy and money makes the clinton machine fall in line.

    I am not defined by my party I am defined by my actions and I believe Hillary Clinton has proven to be the most untrustworthy, irresponsible, negligent, reckless, unqualified person to be president. She hasn’t proven to me that she is true to her word when she offers empty promises. Most importantly the green party prides itself in not taking any money from super pacs, I want the government to work for the people not the government to owe favors to donor interests.

  • James Carpenter

    Note to Author:

    What has the Democratic party done to win your loyalty?

    You’re writing this as if you’ve worked so closely to the clinton campaign that can only explain the sense of entitlement you feel that people should bow down and vote for Hillary Clinton a candidate hand picked within the democratic party. The democratic party had all of the statistics and numbers that showed them increasingly that nobody wants to waste their vote on a candidate riddled in scandals and unfinished lawsuits that range from an IRS & FBI investigation into pay-to-play for donations to the clinton foundation for political favors, an FBI perjury investigation, and the department of justice–homeland security–oversight committee investigations about what the consequences will be for Hillary for the fact that she did mishandle classified information.

    Bernie Sanders was 10+ points a head in the polls, he won the popular vote, (actually winning California) but the media, the DNC, the clinton campaign, and the Whitehouse chose a candidate that cannot win because she is not honest and is not very well liked in the public eye.

    Why doesn’t the public like Hillary Clinton?

    Hillary Clinton has been the focus of investigations involving campaign finance laws and abusing her use of power since the 90’s. Two decades of public static and poor choices has crippled any hope there ever was of a kind, decent, affective, honest, hard working leader. Americans want a leader with a vision, someone with a detailed plan, and someone they can trust.

    Hillary abandoned the liberal youth vote, she never had a chance of getting it because we have caught onto advertising and marketing campaigns. We aren’t won over by basic campaign rhetoric inserting the “fear of a Donald Trump presidency.”

    Do you understand the goals of going Green?

    You mention your view of the green party’s goal, but I think you’re misinformed…

    “If anything, their “goal” seems to be to pull support away from Democrats to help Republicans gain more victories — which makes absolutely no sense.”

    The goals of going green do not to support a particular party preference. If a political party does not support all of the core values it takes to secure a vote then it remedies itself to be inadequate and ultimately unsustainable. The goal of the green party is to listen to the people and be the voice of the people. The party platform puts people and the planet over profit.

    A vote for a third party candidate is a “vote for trump.”

    Understanding your place as a consumer is easier to do when you’re not ready to buy. If you’re not ready to buy then you can examine your product to make sure it’s going to do everything the advertising says it will. Another thing to understand as a consumer is realizing when you’re being advertised to. When you break down the origin of the above statement that you briefly suggested that any vote that doesn’t go to Hillary will get trump elected, I think you’re missing two things.

    1. A vote for Jill Stein is a vote for Jill Stein
    2. “A vote for a third party candidate is a vote for tump” is a marketing strategy from the clinton campaign used to scare people into voting for Hillary, a candidate most don’t necessarily care for. This was an attempt to sway Bernie Sanders voters into supporting Hillary.

    The benefit of Voting for Jill Stein

    Voting for Jill Stein will let the Democratic party know they cannot suppress our voice. As an avid Bernie Sanders supporter I am disgusted at the DNC, Debbie Washerman Shultz, Barbra Boxer, and Hillary Clinton. The proof behind the primary is that Bernie Sanders would have won by a landslide had there not been as much voter & election fraud that was reported.

    I watched Bernie Sanders get every green light in the book to have the whitehouse and make the world greater because of it, he was blessed by the pope in a manner of speaking, god sent him a beautiful birdie to bless his podium, and he got my vote because of the truth he gave the american people. Bernie had a revolutionary vision for the democratic party but the DNC didn’t take all of his ideas, not because they can’t happen, but because corporations have had too much influence in trade policy and money makes the clinton machine fall in line.

    I am not defined by my party I am defined by my actions and I believe Hillary Clinton has proven to be the most untrustworthy, irresponsible, negligent, reckless, unqualified person to be president. She hasn’t proven to me that she is true to her word when she offers empty promises. Most importantly the green party prides itself in not taking any money from super pacs, I want the government to work for the people not the government to owe favors to donor interests.

  • kootzie

    To impune Drumpfism onto Stein solely because she was walking on the same side of a Yes-No street is pure dishonesty.

  • Frank Cuccia

    Go screw yourself. And quit pretending your a progressive u either don’t even what they are supposed to stand for, or you are deliberately looking the other way.. which is worse!

  • FreeSpeechIsntCrime

    And with that, *Forward Progressives* relabels itself as *Asshat Backwards*.

    Not once have I heard a corporate news gimp personality address the FACT that the Clintons were upbeat and encouraging to Trump in terms of his running for the Presidency, billed as the biggest political news story of 2015 by practically every major news outlet? (But completely absent from the 2016 election- how quaint.) So why were the Clintons upbeat and encouraging to their longtime running buddy Donald Trump to run for the Presidency since he is such a bad guy? Doesn’t that mean that the Clinton’s (acting as Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Hannibal Lecter of politics), encouraged unleashing Trump upon the country?

    Why don’t the corporate news personalities explain how Hillary Clinton goes from *Vast Right Wing Conspiracy* to *Vast Russian Wing Conspiracy* without skipping a beat, while receiving endorsements from every type of Republican from Bruce Bartlett to Henry Kissinger and labeling her critics as *conspiracy theorists* to boot in the process? (The number of Republican endorsements, moderate and Neocon are absolutely staggering and never acknowledged by Clinton sycophants.) Even the Bush family is cheerleading Clinton- and Kasich didn’t even attend the RNC convention in his own home state and has probably handed Ohio to Clinton due to his refusal to endorse Trump?

    Why are almost all of the Republicans working for Hillary Clinton all of a sudden during this election cycle?

    Those of us who warned that the DNC/Clinton/Schultz decision to choose control over Democracy would in all likelihood be very problematic, are now being slandered by the idiots who supported undermining Democracy. I doubt we get a President Trump- as this election Truly IS rigged (it has been since the DNC Primary), but if somehow we do, those simpletons can go look in the mirror if they want to know who to blame.

    Face it- the Clintons have been working for the Republicans (and their Wall St owners) their entire political careers. This type of political slander evidences a broader political strategy to undermine Progressivism in lieu of a *Vast Right Wing Realignment* under the leadership of the Clintons. Trump has merely been a blowhard political puppet, herding cattle.