Clerk Note: This was put into the publishing queue before the DNC and is scheduled to come out after the DNC. What did the DNC bring?
Jill Stein Just BLASTED the DNC Over Leaked Emails
Green Party presumptive nominee Jill Stein says WikiLeaks’ explosive new release of Democratic National Committee emails prove the Democratic Party intentionally sabotaged Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Stein is urging Sanders to withdraw his endorsement of Hillary Clinton and explore collaboration with the Green Party.
“This latest revelation from WikiLeaks underscores how much the media is in bed with the DNC to circle the wagons around Hillary,” Stein told US Uncut in a phone interview. “The corruption and underhanded tactics and deception and conspiratorial efforts to silence Bernie and delegitimize him — I mean, welcome to the Green Party. This is what we’ve been up against forever.”
Stein said the leaks prove that the DNC never intended to let Sanders win the nomination outright, and further proves the Vermont senator was “betrayed” by the party. She’s calling on him to publicly retract his endorsement of the former Secretary of State at the Democratic National Convention next week and join her at the top of the Green Party ticket.
“The leaked DNC emails are the smoking gun that the Democratic establishment was rigging the game against Bernie the whole time,” Stein said in a press release issued by her campaign. “Instead of running the process impartially and letting the voters decide, top Democratic officials were doing all they could to ensure a Clinton victory, including collusion with journalists to present a pro-Clinton, anti-Sanders narrative.”
Should Sanders go to the DNC next week and reaffirm his endorsement of Hillary Clinton in the general election, Stein said it would be a betrayal of his principles and of his supporters’ wishes for a political revolution.
“You want to affirm a corrupt party that just dragged you across the coals? You expect your supporters, who have a vision and who voted for integrity, to follow you into this shithole?” Stein told US Uncut. “Is there no respect here for his campaign and for himself? Are they just going to pretend it didn’t happen?”
Regardless of whether or not Sen. Sanders continues to remain with the Democratic Party, Stein believes his millions of supporters will be so disgusted with the leaks that they will exit the Democratic Party en masse and join her campaign.
“I think it would be very hard for a self-respecting Sanders supporter, in light of these revelations, to take the beating and humiliate themselves and disrespect themselves, to go into the campaign and support the predator who destroyed them,” Stein said.
In response to the question of being perceived as a “spoiler,” and whether or not it’s wise to try and run against both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and risk a Trump presidency, Stein said Donald Trump’s defeat won’t come at the hands of Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, saying the leaks show the DNC has no trust left with the public.
“How is Hillary Clinton going to hold a candle to Donald Trump?” Stein said. “Not only does this destroy the unification efforts within the Democrats, but this destroys Hillary’s ability to portray herself as trustworthy to the American public. They already don’t trust her.”
“I don’t think Hillary Clinton is now capable of stopping Donald Trump,” Stein continued. “You have to begin to get out [of the two-party system], and trust the momentum and righteousness of what you’re going to do and what you must do, especially when you’re looking at oblivion.”
She was quick to add that a Hillary Clinton presidency would also be disastrous for America and the rest of the world.
“It’s not just Donald Trump on one hand, it’s climate catastrophe on the other, and nuclear weapons, and expanding war,” Stein said. “What we need to really look at here is the ticking clock on climate change, which wipes us all out. All of us forever, that’s it… We must do this, we have to get out of this pit that we’re in and understand if we’ve come that far, we are going to keep going. We have a moral imperative here, not just for us in this moment, but for humanity, forever.”
Stein will be in Philadelphia to protest at the DNC with tens of thousands of Sanders supporters who have been organizing the protests for months. US Uncut will provide daily coverage of the convention throughout next week.
Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected]
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