US Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says the 2016 US election “lifted the curtain on what an incredibly toxic and predatory political system the US has,” and warned that whichever candidate wins there will be “trouble in the White House”.
In an interview with Al Jazeera early on Wednesday, Stein said the Democrat Party had “sabotaged” the one candidate who could have beaten Trump hands down – Bernie Sanders – as a win for Republican nominee and business tycoon Donald Trump became a real possibility.
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“Coming out of this election, whether it’s Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the White House, we need a politics of integrity going forward, a political party that is of, by, and for the people, one that can stand up for the future we need, combat climate change, help students by making higher education free, provide healthcare as a human right, and end these catastrophic wars for oil that are making us less safe and bankrupting our economy.”
Stein said she expected a “continuing rise for the Green Party”.
When asked if a vote for her along with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson could have swayed the election in Trump’s favour, Stein responded by saying that Clinton had “failed” to win the Green Party over.
“The solution to a compromised and sick democracy is not less democracy, we need more voices and choices, we need ranked choice voting so that you’re not confined to two toxic parties and two predatory candidates that the American public dislikes and distrusts.
“The moment we create ranked choice voting we will have a multi-party democracy … Otherwise we will continue to have a hijacked predatory system that serves the economic elite.”