Can we first get rid of the notion that voting for Stein is exactly the same as voting for Trump?
No, because it is.We
have a two party system that is pretty locked into place for the Presidency via the Electoral College and has been ever since there were federalists vs anti-federalists. No amount of wishing that your "protest" vote will mean a damn thing will change that. You're not going to win a single electoral vote - 16 years later, the thing that people most remember about Nader was that he was a spoiler that gave us GWB because people "voted their conscience." Why is this so fucking hard to understand? When, in the entire history of the country, has a third party acted as anything but a spoiler in a Presidential election?