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Chaos reigns in the liberal/left alt universe following its defeat in the presidential elections with members turning on each other. While Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein is pushing forward with her online begging to fund her presidential recount campaign, encouraged by losing Democratic candidate Hillary R. Clinton, rank and file Green Party members are voicing their opposition.
Dr. Margaret Flowers, Green Party candidate for Senate from Maryland, on her campaign site complaining about the misuse of time and funds in the Green Party’s name, suggesting their efforts be redirected to more important party causes.The letter was signed by over 200 Green Party members, candidates and party officials.
The Green Party cannot build the political power necessary for the transformative changes we need by allying with two capitalist parties that serve the interests of the wealthy. That is why it is imperative that the Green Party is independent of those parties. We stay independent to give people an alternative to the corruption of two money-based parties.
The decision to pursue a recount was not made in a democratic or a strategic way, nor did it respect the established decision making processes and structures of the Green Party of the United States (GPUS). The recount has created confusion about the relationship between the Green and Democratic parties because the states chosen for the recount are only states in which Hillary Clinton lost. There were close races in other states such as New Hampshire and Minnesota where Clinton won, but which were not part of the recount. And this recount does not address the disenfranchisement of voters; it recounts votes that were already counted rather than restoring the suffrage of voters who were prevented from voting.
Stein’s recount effort was already losing steam after she missed a critical deadline in Pennsylvania, and now it appears the mutiny will end the effort altogether.
To put things into perspective, out of the over 134 million ballots cast in the presidential election, Stein received less than 1.5 million, which is roughly around 1%.
The only person the recount effort could benefit is Hillary Clinton, a corporate candidate who many Stein voters venomously opposed.
But a recount is unlikely to flip any states. Trump won Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan by tens of thousands of votes, and no recount has ever flipped that many votes.