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Jill Stein waits to speak at a press conference in New York on December 5, 2016.
Jill Stein, a two-time Green Party presidential candidate, announced Thursday that she plans to seek the party’s White House nomination in 2024.
“The political system is broken. Both Wall Street parties are bought and paid for,” Stein said in a video published on social networks announcing his candidacy.
“Democrats have repeatedly betrayed their promises on workers, youth and climate, while Republicans don’t even make such promises,” she said.
Stein was the Green Party’s nominee for president in 2012 and 2016. Her 2016 candidacy drew the ire of Democrats, who criticized her for alienating traditionally Democratic voters from their presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, in Key States.
Stein’s announcement comes amid growing questions on the strength of President Joe Bidenre-election campaign. A recent CNN poll showed former President Donald Trump, the front-runner for the 2024 GOP nomination, narrowly leading Biden in a hypothetical rematch.
The same poll also showed independent presidential candidates Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at 16% and Cornel West at 4% in a four-way race. Support for third-party candidates in polls rarely translates into equal support in elections — and Stein will likely cannibalize votes from West and Kennedy — but his name alone will be enough to infuriate liberals still angry over his 2016 candidacy .
Stein has always rejected the claim that she played a “spoiler” role in the election that sent Trump to the White House.
The reality is complex: In the key states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, his vote totals exceeded Trump’s narrow margins of victory. But it is not clear — and will remain — that Stein voters would have voted for Clinton, long unpopular with far-left voters, if the Green candidate had not been on the ballot.
Stein is now well versed in responding to these accusations, including unfounded claims suggesting she knowingly aided Russian interference in the 2016 election, a link derived from her participation in a state-run “Russia Today” party in Moscow in 2015 and a Russian troll farm. activity stimulating his campaign.
Speaking to CNN in July, when she was advise West’s presidential campaign during his move from the little-known People’s Party to the Green Party (and before West finally decided present yourself as independent), Stein argued in favor of third-party insurgents.
“People who challenge a corrupt and vindictive system are not new to its efforts to protect itself,” she said. “The abolitionist party that preceded the Civil War, that preceded today’s Republican Party, was also demonized as a troublemaker because it advocated that abolitionists take political power. »
At the time, Stein spoke about the West and the work she and others aligned with the Green Party, including her former running mate Ajamu Baraka and journalist Chris Hedges, had done to integrate the famous intellectual into the structure of the left.
But now it will almost surely be Stein – once again – as the standard-bearer for the Green Party.
This story has been updated with additional information.