In case you were wondering, Jill Stein remains extremely Not Sorry for having possibly contributed to the election of a malicious cantaloupe. Although the Green Party ostensibly stands for, y’know, the environment that is currently being systematically destroyed at a vastly accelerated pace, Stein told Politico that she doesn’t have any regrets. In fact, she said: “I consider it a great honor that the party and our prior campaign for president is suddenly being attacked outside of an election season.” Well, isn’t it wonderful that someone is having fun!
Here is an infuriating collection of words from two silver-haired white ladies, in the off-chance you are, for some reason, in the mood to be infuriated (via Politico):
Stein is not losing any sleep over what might have been—in her telling, Clinton wouldn’t have been much better. “There are differences between Clinton and Trump, no doubt, but they’re not different enough to save your life, to save your job, to save the planet,” she says. “We deserve more than two lethal choices.”
I thought I might be able to find some daylight between Stein and other Green Party leaders, who I expected might be troubled at any role they might have played in helping elect a man who once claimed climate change was a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.
I was wrong.
“In some ways, Trump is one of the best things to happen to this country because look at how many people are getting off their posteriors,” says Sherry Wells, the Green Party’s Michigan chairwoman. “So part of me is giggling.”
Americans, she reasons, would be hypocritical for crying foul over foreign meddling in their political system. “I am so comforted to hear that the United States never interfered in the election of other countries,” cracks Wells, who volunteers that she is fluent in Esperanto.
It’s unclear if Jill Stein or Sherry Wells are familiar with Carlos Humberto Cardona, a 9/11 recovery worker with chronic respiratory problems targeted for deportation by the ICE, or Nabra Hassanen, a Muslim teen who was violently murdered as she was walking home, or the 24,000 extra people who would be killed annually under the AHCA, or the two men who were murdered trying to prevent a white supremacist from harassing a pair of young women in Portland, or the communities living near streams newly contaminated with coal debris. And frankly, it won’t matter how many angry people get off their “posteriors” if our mercurial, paranoid, and increasingly addled president decides to test out the nuclear stockpile.
So, is Jill Stein simply... an asshole who loves attention? Very possibly! But Politico’s Ben Schreckinger also makes some interesting observations, beginning with Stein’s appearance—alongside Michael Flynn—at a now-infamous RT gala, where both were seated in honored positions at Vladimir Putin’s table. Politico notes that Russia has a history of getting behind Western environmental movements to serve its own interests, citing in particular 2014 efforts to support anti-fracking protests in order to maintain outside dependence on Russian gas.
And she recorded a video from Moscow’s famous Red Square, in which she talked about “the need to rein in American exceptionalism” and replace “a U.S. policy based on domination”—words that sounded like they were ripped from Putin’s talking points.
Stein isn’t sorry about any of it. She says she’d welcome the opportunity to testify before Congress and dismisses the idea that she was a spoiler or that her campaign was co-opted as a tool of Russian influence as Democrats’ “pathetic excuses” for losing the election.
Politico also noted that RT, Russia’s propaganda channel, was the only network to consistently cover her campaign and invite her on, and that her VP shortlist included RT host Chris Hedges. Her eventual VP pick, Ajamu Baraka, has referred to NATO as “gangster states,” and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addressed the Green Party convention via videoconference to discuss the hacked DNC documents—sent, according to US intelligence agencies, by Russian state hackers—that the organization had released. Stein also informed Politico that “there is not a lot of evidence” that Russia was behind the hacking effort. She said, however, that she is “certainly not aware of any ties whatsoever” between the Green Party and the Russian government.
Read the whole article here, it’s a real delight!