Get it straight: Hillary was the spoiler who tilted the election to Trump. Bernie Sanders openly identifies as a socialist and routinely polls as one of the most popular politicians in the country. He easily wins elections in a state with a Republican governor.
Anyone saying, "But look at X country!" needs to take a step back and realize that a sexual predator with the emotional security of a 2 year old, and the intellect of a 12 year old, is currently in charge of the United States, the most evangelical pro-capitalist country in the world. The President of this capitalist paradise cannot read; in fact, he may have never read a book in his life. The healthcare system of this capitalist paradise is grossly inefficient and needlessly cruel, its infrastructure is crumbling and actively poisoning its citizens, its education system creates a mass of indentured servants drowning in debt, and its military is black hole of spending that can't even care for its soldiers. Inviting comparisons isn't going to win any arguments.
Also, Dan isn't great at math if he thinks Jill Stein was a spoiler. A brief explanation:
Of course, considering the chasm separating Stein’s politics from Clinton’s, this whole exercise is pure fantasy. More likely, without a left-wing third-party challenger on the ballot, many voters who pulled the lever for Stein would have simply exercised their right to “stay home” — a euphemism for choosing not to chart a path through the dense field of barriers standing between ordinary Americans and their constitutional right to vote on election day.
But let’s indulge the thought experiment anyway. In Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, and Florida, even if every single Jill Stein voter had instead voted for the Democratic candidate, Clinton still would have lost. I’ll show my math.
In Iowa, Trump (798,923) beat Clinton (650,790) by 148,133 votes, more than ten times Stein’s 11,119 vote total.
In Ohio, Trump (2,771,984) beat Clinton (2,317,001) by 454,983 votes. Stein got 44,310 votes — again, less than 10 percent of what Clinton would have needed to turn the state blue.
In Florida, 119,770 votes separated Trump (4,605,515) and Clinton (4,485,745). Jill Stein got just over half that — 64,019 votes.
It was closest in Pennsylvania. There, Trump (2,912,941) received 68,236 more votes than Clinton (2,844,705). Still, Stein (48,912) would have needed almost 20,000 more votes to cover that spread.
No matter what Dan believes, Jill Stein didn't act as a spoiler. If anything, Clinton and the neoliberal establishment spoiled a Sanders administration.
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