“A vote for the lesser of two evils, is still evil.” It’s an often repeated line used by third party candidates Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and their supporters to describe 2016’s major party candidates. It’s also incredibly ignorant.
Hillary Clinton is not the lesser of two evils. And she certainly hasn’t earned any comparisons to Donald Trump, a man so evil you can only send him back to the hell he came from by reciting passages from the Necronomicon.
We live in an incredible moment in time when a candidate more qualified than her modern day predecessors is the first woman to run on a major party ticket. And she’s running against a misogynistic, former reality TV star who doesn’t know what a Gold Star family is.
Come on, guys. This is literally the easiest decision you will ever make. Need a little help with perspective?
In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, then-Senator Clinton acquired $21 billion in funding for a new development at the World Trade Center site. She would also sponsor a healthcare bill providing coverage for the treatment of injuries suffered by first responders at ground zero.
On 9/11, Donald Trump bragged to a local news station he now had the tallest building in downtown Manhattan after the fall of the World Trade Center.
Clinton has built a presidential campaign on thirty years of public service. Trump’s has been built on pandering to the fear and hatred of the white nationalist movement.
He immediately set the tone during his June 2015 campaign announcement when he generalized illegal Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. This is obviously bullshit.
According to the American Immigration Council, between 1990 and 2013 the number of illegal immigrants grew from 3.5 million to 11.2 million. During the same time period, violent crime declined by 48%.
Trump’s proposal of enacting a mass deportation would not only break up families, it would also remove the $11.64 billion which illegal immigrants pay annually into state and local taxes.
Hillary Clinton supports a pathway to citizenship and President Obama’s executive actions DAPA and DACA, both of which Trump has vowed to rescind.
In February, the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute found DAPA would give deferment to 3.6 million parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
Trump’s minority outreach to the black community isn’t much better.
His description of black America is not one of empathy, but of a twisted caricature that is shared by his core base.
The real estate mogul consistently portrays the black community as jobless, uneducated, poor and always getting shot.
Trump fails to recognize the successes of black America, including an unemployment rate now at its lowest point since prior to the December 2007 beginning of the great recession.
Trump proudly declares he will repeal Obamacare (House Speaker Paul Ryan literally has the bill waiting for signature), which has insured 2.3 million black citizens.
He has demonized the black population when re-tweeting a white supremacist account that falsely claimed blacks are responsible for 81% of all white homicides. It’s easy to understand why the newspaper of the Ku Klux Klan endorsed the guy.
If you’re a third party (or Trump) supporter, you’re probably thinking I’m not going to mention Hillary Clinton’s use of the term “superpredators,” and you would be wrong.
In 1996, while discussing her husband’s 1994 crime bill, Hillary Clinton described black youth involved in a life of crime as “superpredators.” Her quote, in context, specifically refers to children with “no conscience, no empathy” and is not the sweeping generalization some of Clinton’s critics have made it out to be. Clinton has since apologized, recognizing the potential harm caused by her choice of wording.
Speaking to The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart in February, Clinton said: “Looking back, I shouldn’t have used those words, and I wouldn’t use them today.”
Through the Black Lives Matter movement, black America is raising its voice. The community is telling us of the injustices and bias they face in America’s flawed criminal justice system. The technological advancement of cellphones and social media are showing it to us in the deaths of Eric Garner, Philando Castile and others.
Trump has ignored their message and lashed out against the group, claiming they’re “dividing America” and “essentially calling death to the police.” Neither of which are true.
Instead, Trump has doubled-down on implementing the Stop-and-Frisk policy in big cities like Chicago. The policy was previously ruled unconstitutional in 2013 by a New York judge for disproportionately targeting people of color.
While Trump fails to even acknowledge a bias within the system, Clinton has proposed a comprehensive criminal justice reform plan which benefits communities of color and the officers who serve them. Clinton received the endorsement of the “Mothers of the Movement” from the DNC stage in July.
It’s time to check your white privilege at the door (along with your pork pie hat) before paying $6 for a PBR tall boy, my friend.
Clinton has passionately supported a woman’s right to choose, funding Planned Parenthood, repealing the Hyde Amendment (a progressive policy Bernie piggybacked on during the primaries) and gender equal pay.
In contrast, Trump has stated the women he is accused of sexually assaulting weren’t attractive enough for him to do so.
How on earth can anybody tell these two candidates apart?
If you think you’re going to send a message via a protest vote that will open the door to your preferred candidate winning in 2020, it will come at the cost of the Supreme Court.
The next president could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices, giving a slant to the court for a generation.
Donald Trump has already stated he would nominate conservative justices to overturn Roe v. Wade and Obergefall v. Hodges (the ruling which legalized same-sex marriage).
Good luck explaining to your friends and family in the LGBTQ community they lost their right to marry because you were voting your conscience.
Trump consistently touts rescinding Obama’s executive orders, this would also include allowing same-sex partners hospital visitation rights. Still feeling good about that Jill Stein bumper sticker?
“Even if you can’t stand Donald Trump, even if you think I’m the worst, you’re going to vote for me. You know why? Judges,” Trump told supporters at a Virginia rally in August. He’s right.
We’ve watched the polls tighten this week as Republican voters returned home from their third party Rumspringa.
You only have to go back to 2000 to understand how damaging a third party vote can be. Al Gore lost the state of Florida (and the presidency) by just 537 votes. Green Party candidate Ralph Nader won 97,488 votes in the Sunshine State. Michael C. Herron and Jeffrey B. Lewis’ 2006 study concluded 60% of Nader voters would have supported Gore in a Nader-less election.
By the way, third party voters in 2000 viewed Bush and Gore as one and the same and look at how well that worked out.
In a true example of country before party, Gary Johnson’s VP running mate Bill Weld literally vouched for Secretary Clinton Tuesday during an appearance on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show.
Weld, a former head of the Department of Justice Criminal Division, referred to FBI Director James Comey’s decision to notify Congress of recently discovered e-mails on Huma Abedin’s computer as “incomprehensible.” As of this writing, there is no evidence of wrong doing on the part of Clinton or Abedin… or as Weld put it: “there’s nothing there.”
On Tuesday, protect the progress we’ve made and the legacy of President Obama. Support a future moving forward, not backward.
Don’t vote Johnson or Stein to protest a two-party system. Vote Clinton to protest white supremacy and misogyny.