Is Jill Stein a joke?
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Is Jill Stein a joke?

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Susan Sarandon doesn't regret voting for Green party candidate Jill Stein in 2016 because she believes Hillary Clinton is as bad as Trump. Critics say Jill Stein is a complete joke. She has been running for office since 2002, but was only ever elected once as a member of the Lexington Town Meeting. Not to mention her weird anti-science stance on vaccines and wireless internet. But Stein's defenders argue she is a true progressive and the two-party system is broken. What do you think? 🤡

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In an interview with the Guardian, actor Susan Sarandon defended her decision to vote for the third party candidate.

“It wasn’t a protest vote. Following Bernie wasn’t a protest.” Voting for Jill Stein was, by any definition, a protest vote. “Well, I knew that New York was going to go [for Hillary]. It was probably the easiest place to vote for Stein. Bringing attention to working-class issues is not a luxury. People are really hurting; that’s how this guy got in. What we should be discussing is not the election, but how we got to the point where Trump was the answer.”

Many have echoed Sarandon's support of Jill Stein, and argue Jill Stein represented a truly progressive candidate, unlike Hillary Clinton.

Sarandon wasn't the only high-profile individual to support Jill Stein. Rosario Dawson, Camille Paglia and Cornel West all supported Stein in 2016. Clearly her message was resonating somewhere.

Jill Stein is the best answer for those who are uninspired by both Republican and Democrats. She should be taken seriously.

But others have attacked Sarandon for doubling down on their decision to vote Jill Stein, who they view as a total joke.

Not to mention her confusing anti-science stance on many things including vaccinations and wireless internet. Not exactly progressive. 

Many on the left have argued that Stein is not only totally crazy, she also has no idea what she's talking about. Yair Rosenberg argued in Tablet that "friends don't let friends vote for Jill Stein," arguing she "stokes ignorance" and leans into "the ignorance of her supporters."

Jordan Weissmann argues in Slate that even her credentials as a "true progressive" are up for debate. From the minimum wage to military spending to GMOs, it is clear that Stein has no idea what she is talking about.

"The bottom line is that Jill Stein is not a figure anybody should trust. She's not just an uncompromising progressive. She's a panderer who raves about subjects about which she appears to lack the vaguest understanding. She is right about one thing: There is a lot of snake oil in the system. And she's selling it."

And whatever happened to that recount?

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