Jill Stein

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Putting another Clinton in the White House will fan the flames of this right-wing extremism. We have known that for a long time ever since Nazi Germany.
—An Onion headline on legs[1]

Jill Stein is a physician, troubadour, and Green Party of the United States candidate from Massachusetts. She is a two-time U.S. Presidential candidate, having run in 2012 and 2016. She launched her third campaign for president on November 9, 2023.[2] Stein commenced this third campaign citing her main priorities as being anti-war, paving the way for a Green New Deal, Universal Healthcare, and ending what she suggested as "genocide in Gaza. [3]

In 2016, Stein received support from the Sanders movement when he dropped out of the race to endorse Clinton,[4] despite Sanders instructing his followers to fall in line and vote Democrat.

Her candidacy was a complete joke:[5] She's said Noam Chomsky subscribed to "the politics of fear" for telling swing state voters to vote for Clinton,[6] and claimed Hillary Clinton was a terrible mother, or, in her own words, one who doesn't reflect the values of being a mother.[7] Stein even criticized Bernie Sanders for refusing to talk to her.[8][9]

Notably, a Swiss Green Party member has dismissed some of her ideas as "delusional".[10]

Electoral history[edit]

Stein's highest elected office is a city council position in Lexington, MA. She ran for governor in 2002, losing to future presidential candidate Mitt Romney.[11] She first ran for president under the green banner in 2012. Her running mate was Cheri Honkala, a career activist and perpetual homelessness enthusiast.[12] Presumably, this choice was made so that Stein would look less radical by comparison.

She made her second foray as a candidate in the 2016 election. Unfortunately for her, another progressive candidate (Bernie Sanders) had made waves under the Democratic Party banner, offering a practical alternative to the Green Party. Throughout her campaign, she presented the Green Party ticket as a "Plan B for Bernie", a fallback for such voters should Sanders not make the primaries.[13][14] Indeed, when he folded his campaign and pledged support to Clinton, Stein benefited from the newly-validated Bernie or Bust movement.

Stein, who is currently known for her blue power suits, chose activist Ajamu Baraka as her running mate (the Black and Blue ticket). Baraka is known for such insights as comparing the vigil for the Charlie Hebdo massacre to a white power rally and calling Obama an "Uncle Tom president".[15][16]


Most of that [$4 million], if not all of it, should be handled by the fee. And if some of it is not, you know, democracy is not free.
—Stein[17] on the cost of her Michigan recount

Stein realizes the Democrats have a serious disparity between the aging leadership and their base (although she herself has reached the age of geezercore at age 74), and that a lot of idealists will "vote their conscience" once things go south for them. If the Greens ever reach 5% before the global warming catastrophe, they'll qualify for matching funds (if there are matching funds by then), and if they poll in the double digits, they could land a podium in the debates.

Political positions[edit]

Stein, who prefers Trump to Clinton (just like Putin),[18] identifies as a democratic socialist. She has a solid reputation for social justice advocacy and activism, and her views line up with left-libertarian and environmentalist ideals. Like her party, however, Stein more often leans toward the hard-left (particularly with regard to alt-medicine and science woo).

The core tenet of her candidacy has been the "Green New Deal", a stimulus package inspired by FDR's Depression Era New Deal, that would seek to revitalize the American economy through a transition that would lead to an eco-friendly economy. It basically serves as a convenient platform to bundle all of her positions into one bill, including such provisions as the cancellation of all student debt, establishment of free communist healthcare, revoking corporate personhood and the PATRIOT Act, in addition to reduction of the U.S. military budget by 50%.[19][11]

She has exhibited an immediate distrust of organizations put in place to approve food, medicine, vaccines etc., because she believes their findings aren't reliable. She cites no evidence to suggest their research has been tainted by "Big Pharma."[20]

She makes a false equivalence to the 2008 bailout and the growing student debt of almost a trillion dollars. These two policies are different in the aspect that if the banks hadn't received the loans, the whole system would have tanked, leading to possibly the worst recession since the Great Depression. Not only that, she wants to do it with quantitative easing (lowering interest rates), which is not how quantitative easing works. QE didn't magically get rid of Wall Street debt, it was the $700b in loans. And those were paid back with 8.2% interest.[21] Unless the government manages to get $1 trillion back with a similar return, then you really don't want them to forgive that debt. It's convenient for Stein to set aside the reasons for QE in 2008 and characterize it as an evil Fed policy.[22]

Red Green Show[edit]

Stein (back of head, right) enjoying a meal with Putin and fellow-"I am not a spy" Michael Flynn in 2015 at propaganda channel RT's 10th anniversary gala
See the main article on this topic: Tankie
Why would we have a tie on such an egregious nominee? Because Democrats serve corporate interests.
—All zero of those Democrats who voted for DeVos should be ashamed of themselves![23]

Stein thinks the best way to stop Donald Trump is to get him elected, or else the Clintons will cause fascists to come to power before invading… Russia? Well, it's not as if "will start war with Russia!" is a Kremlin talking point or anything.[1][24][25]

She professed support for Brexit, but, upon learning what Brexit actually was, withdrew her support as quietly as she could.[26]

On September 6, 2016, Stein was criticized by two Russian environmental activists (Evgeniya ChirikovaWikipedia and Nadezda Kutepova) for her lack of criticism of Vladimir Putin following Stein's meeting with him. Specifically, the activists criticized Stein's promotion of "collaborative dialogue" with Russia while not raising any serious issues with Putin such as "corruption, injustice, falsification of elections, and violation of human rights and international law" and "attacks against Russian journalists, artists, and environmentalists".[27]

If all that wasn't damning enough, Stein contradicted her "pro-democracy" stance after the death of Fidel Castro, praising him for his "struggle for justice in the shadow of empire".[28]


As a result of slightly more people actually paying attention to what she's been saying — after Sanders' withdrawal and later endorsement of Hillary caused some of those on the far left to look to Stein as a potential "next-best" candidate — Stein has come under fire for her apparent anti-vaxxer sympathies, which she hides within (largely debunked) criticisms of corporate influence in the CDC and FDA.[29]

Such ideas coming from a medical doctor would certainly spark concern, and debate continues over whether she is legitimately calling the validity of vaccinations into question, or just pandering to fringe groups to bolster her voter base. One point of note, however, is that despite never even remotely linking autism to vaccines, that is the angle that some outlets have taken on her stance, that she specifically thinks vaccines might cause autism. In part because of angles like that, some allege that such coverage is part of a pro-Clinton smear campaign against Stein in the mainstream liberal media, which wouldn't necessarily be that hard to believe. She would later go on record with The Young Turks at the 2016 Green Party national convention that she specifically does not believe that vaccines cause autism.[30][31]

In addition to mandatory labeling, she has called for a moratorium on production of genetically modified foods and various pesticides. Ironically, for a proponent of clean and renewable energy, she is vehemently opposed to nuclear power,[32] going so far as to literally equate (as in with the "=" sign) nuclear power plants to "weapons of mass destruction waiting to be detonated".[33]

Stein warned us that WiFi signals can harm the brains of children,[34] and doubled down in a Reddit AMA:

A number of scientific studies have raised red flags about possible health effects of WiFi radiation on young children. I do not have a personal opinion that WiFi is or isn't a health issue for children. There is not enough information to know. I do however believe in science. Scientific research should go forward and find out. Countries including Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Israel, Russia and China, have banned or restricted these technologies in schools.[35]

As she says here, it is common knowledge that none of these countries have ever used WiFi in schools.Do You Believe That?

Interactions with Truthers[edit]

Stein's 2016 running mate, Ajamu Baraka, thinks Assad is a good, democratically-elected man. He has contributed to a book that asserts, in part, that 9/11 was a CIA-Mossad conspiracy.[36][37][38]

Oh, and Stein wants a new 9/11 investigation, although she has not declared herself to be a truther.[39]

So that's why they call it the Green Party[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Greenwashing

Bo Gardiner documented that Stein privately invests in corporations and practices she publicly campaigns against, eschewing green funds in favor of the world's largest backer of Monsanto and global deforestation.[40]


External links[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Ben "Show Me the Fossils" Carson — Smart enough to recite from a book, but no depth or intelligence beyond that.
  • Beppe Grillo — A millionaire who has convinced broke college kids that he's just like them.
  • Cynthia McKinney — Stein is hardly the first whackjob the Green Party put up.
  • George Galloway — U.S. foreign policy is not pristine by any standard, but the tendency to blame America/Israel for everything that goes wrong is idiotic in the extreme. (The Iraq War caused the "oppose all US military action" wing to swell in numbers.)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Chait, Jonathan, "Jill Stein Explains Her Plan to Stop Trump by Electing Him President", New York Magazine (7/28/16 at 9:11 p.m.).
  2. Jill Stein Announces Third-Party Bid for President by Maggie Astor (November 9, 2023), The New York Times.
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/nov/21/jill-stein-2024-presidential-election-green-party-candidate
  4. Milman, Oliver, "Green party's Jill Stein invites Bernie Sanders to take over ticket", Guardian (Last modified on 7/8/16 at 9:55 EDT). Milman: "Stein said she had made her offer directly to Sanders in an email at the end of the primary season, although she had not received a response."
  5. Strauss, Daniel, "Stein trolls Johnson on world leaders gaffe, also fails to name world leaders", Politico (09/29/16 11:35 AM EDT).
  6. Milbank, Dana. "From Jill Stein, disturbing echoes of Ralph Nader". The Washington Post. August 23, 2016.

    Stein, making an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, took her campaign on an unexpected detour when she accused the famed leftist Noam Chomsky of being cowardly. The 87-year-old icon of the left, though a backer of Stein’s, has said that the only “rational choice” for swing-state voters is to support Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.
    The candidate, in reply, accused Chomsky of embracing “this politics of fear that tells you you have to vote against what you’re afraid of rather than for what you truly believe. So, Noam Chomsky has supported me in my home state, you know, when he felt safe to do so. I think it’s fair to say my agenda is far closer to his than Hillary Clinton. But he subscribes to the politics of fear.”

  7. Aravosis, John, "Internet excoriates Green Party’s Jill Stein for calling Hillary bad mom", AmericaBlog (5/8/16 at 3:10pm).
  8. Burris, Sarah K., "Jill Stein insists Trump is less dangerous than Clinton – and attacks Bernie Sanders as a DC insider", Raw Story (9/19/16 at 8:41 ET). Shades of Ralph Nader complaining that Obama won't take his calls.
  9. Pullam-Moore, Charles, "To the Left, to the Left: The Green Party’s new VP candidate has some questionable views on Beyoncé", Fusion (8/2/16 5:08 PM).
  10. Pearl, Mike, "Foreign Greens Think the US Green Party Needs to Ditch Jill Stein", Vice (11/7/16 at 10:00am).
  11. 11.0 11.1 Ben Sales, Jill Stein Supports BDS and 5 Other Things About the Green Party Candidate. Forward, 18 July 2016.
  12. Karen Abbott, Unwelcome in America. Salon, 31 July 2000.
  13. "Green Party's Jill Stein Wants To Be 'Plan B' For Bernie Sanders Supporters". NPR.
  14. Beck, Zhenya (2016)."Political Climate Change: Bernie Sander’s Exit And The Rise Of The Greens’ Jill Stein". Huffington Post.
  15. Baraka, "The Charlie Hebdo White Power Rally in Paris - A Celebration of Western Hypocrisy", Dissident Voice 1.14.15.
  16. Resnik, Gideon, "The Wild Beliefs of Ajamu Baraka, Jill Stein’s Green Party Running Mate", Daily Beast (08/16/16 at 10:00 PM ET).
  17. Livengood, Chad, "Mich. recount to start Friday barring Trump challenge", Detroit News (Updated 12/1/16 at 1:12 p.m. ET).
  18. The Green Party Openly Preferred George W. Bush in 2000 and Openly Prefers Donald Trump Now
  19. The Green New Deal. Green Party of the United States.
  20. Rozsa, Daniel, "Jill Stein and Donald Trump are both linked to a dangerous anti-vaccine myth that just won’t die", Quartz 3 August 2016.
  21. Yalman Onaran and Alexis Leondis, Bank Bailout Returns 8.2% Beating Treasury Yields. Archived from Bloomberg, 20 October 2010.
  22. How Dr. Jill Stein Will ERASE Student Loan Debt. The Young Turks, YouTube, 2016.
  23. Kamisar, Ben, "Green Party blasts Dems on DeVos confirmation", The Hill (02/07/17 03:46 PM EST).
  24. Jonathan, Robert, "World War 3: Hillary Clinton Presidency "Is a Mushroom Cloud Waiting to Happen' Says Stein", Inqusitur 11.6.16.
  25. " ‘Loose cannon’ Trump and ‘war drums’ Clinton: Dr. Jill Stein", RT (Updated 11/8/16 0at 4:46am).
  26. "Stein calls Britain Vote a Wake-up Call". jill2016.com. Retrieved on 1 July 2016. (Hahahah, nice try, Jill. Here is the original version.)
  27. Open letter to Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 election by Евгения Чирикова (September 6, 2016 Facebook posting) Archive.is copy
  28. Ken Meyer, Jill Stein Gets Predictable Backlash After Calling Castro a ‘Symbol of the Struggle for Justice’. Mediaite, 26 November 2016.
  29. Weigel, David (2016). Jill Stein on vaccines: People have ‘real questions’ The Washington Post
  30. "Green Candidate Jill Stein Isn't Anti-Vaccine". The Young Turks
  31. Kim LaCapria, Is Green Party Candidate Jill Stein 'Anti-Vaccine'? Snopes, 26 July 2016.
  32. Jill Stein on Energy & Oil. On the Issues, 29 October 2016.
  33. Jill Stein, archived from Twitter, 30 March 2016.
  34. "Jill Stein says it's Dangerous to Expose Kids to WiFi Signals", Raw Story.
  35. Title: Jill Stein Answers Your Questions! Reddit, 2016.
  36. Kelley, Marty, "Jill Stein Didn’t Want You Dumb Old Bernie Voters Anyway", Wonkette (8/4/16 at 10:16am).
  37. Rosenberg, Yair, "Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote for Jill Stein", Tablet (8/10/16, 2:04 AM).
  38. Neidig, Harper, "Jill Stein calls for new 9/11 investigation", The Hill (9/09/16 at 08:02 pm).
  39. Harper Neidig, Jill Stein calls for new 9/11 investigation. The Hill, 9 September 2016.
  40. Jill Stein Privately Invests in Global Deforestation and the Corporations She Publicly Attacks