… In 2016, he voted third party, and in the elections in between, voted for everybody from Ralph Nader to Pat Buchanan. Yet he wondered how a guy like Trump could become president.
My advice to this former Congressional Democratic staff member is to head to the nearest emergency room and get an enema. Maybe then he can stop bashing third party voting and activism and start to connect the dots to understand how Democratic party policies since Carter (policies that he no doubt worked to bring about) have greatly helped to put Trump in the White House.
If the Democrats hadn’t abandoned unions, if they hadn’t pushed trade deals that sent manufacturing jobs overseas, if they had fought hard for a livable minimum wage, vigorously prosecuted white collar crime instead of ignoring it and so much more, then Trump would never have captured states that had previously been Democratic strongholds. It wasn’t the tiny percentage of progressive third party voting that lost the election for the Democrats in 2016, it was the HUGE percentage of voters who didn’t bother to vote fro president, precisely because the Democrats have been throwing them under the bus for decades in favor of big money corporate donors.
I’ve never expected a quad-progressive site like CD to publish articles on third party activism, but spare me the lesser of two evil establishment authors who scapegoat third party activists to cover their party’s miserable failures.