Infighting on the American left has now spread beyond the Democratic Party, as Green Party veteran Jill Stein blasted Hillary Clinton this week. Stein, a former Democrat herself, was labeled a “Russian asset” last week along with presidential wannabe Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). To nobody’s surprise, Stein wasn’t amused at this, and she’s publicly hitting back.
Last week Hillary Clinton spoke on the Campaign HQ podcast and made incendiary allegations against both Jill Stein and Tulsi Gabbard. It’s not clear what she was trying to achieve with this, but what she’s done is ignite another fight within the Left.
- The Campaign HQ podcast is run by David Plouffe, who acted as campaign manager to Barack Obama. Plouffe isn’t officially involved in the 2020 campaigns, but he’s deploying his experience to find out what the current candidates are trying to do.
- Clinton was invited to give her “unique perspective” — but instead, she launched into a rant against Stein and Gabbard. It seems Gabbard was her main target, but she went on to say that Stein, who took the Green nomination for the 2012 and 2016 election, was a Russian asset. Of course, she didn’t bother to back this claim up with any evidence.
- It’s likely that Hillary just doesn’t like Stein, who she believes helped lose her the 2016 election by taking votes Clinton thinks “belonged” to her. Add that to the Democrat obsession with President Trump’s alleged Russian links and you have the makings of a conspiracy theory.
- Stein didn’t hesitate to call it exactly that. Asked by Tucker Carlson what she thought of Clinton’s allegations, she said, “Well, you know, clearly this is a ludicrous, unhinged conspiracy theory with no basis in fact which is intended to distract from the many reasons that the Democrats lost the 2016 election.”
- According to Stein, Hillary lost because she was a symbol of the country’s political and economic elite. She said, “Hillary’s rant is Exhibit A for the way that the Cold War is used to stifle dissent, to crack down on people that are not toeing the line in the mainstream of this incredible military-industrial complex.”
- Clinton hasn’t entered the 2020 race, despite Tulsi Gabbard challenging her to try it. Nevertheless, she still has a lot of support among establishment figures who see her or one of her followers as their best chance to preserve current power structures and leave the swamp undrained.
- A Clinton follow-on candidate would attract donations and endorsements from many senior Dems and supporters. The conflict between Clintonites and everyone else is widening splits on the Left. As Stein said, “The DNC is really painting its progressive competition as the enemy as if they were trying to lose the election again.”
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