There were three critical swing states in which the Green Party appeared on the ballot in 2016 and didn’t appear in 2020. The states of Arizona, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania all removed the Green Party from the presidential election in 2020, with Democratic operatives using underhanded tactics to kick them off.
Labor activist Howie Hawkins was the Green Party’s 2020 presidential nominee.
In 2016, the Green Party nominee Jill Stein won more than 34,000 votes in Arizona. If a Green Party candidate had appeared with ballot access in the state in 2020, he or she would’ve been sure to win enough votes to erode Biden’s 10,500 vote margin of victory in the state and ensure Trump won.
The Arizona legislature shortened the time period in which smaller parties have the chance to collect signatures for ballot access in the advance of the election. This served to effectively disenfranchise the Green Party, which didn’t gather the more than 30,000 signatures it would need to secure ballot access. A Green Party activist described the move as an unfair attack on third parties.
The Green Party vote total in Wisconsin varied from over 30,000 in 2016 to 1,000 in 2020- without ballot access. Biden won Wisconsin by 20,000 votes, making it more than likely that Trump would’ve won Wisconsin if the Green Party was on the ballot.
Three Democrat-aligned justices denied the Green Party ballot access in the state in a September 2020 court ruling. Hawkins had sued for ballot access after Wisconsin election commissioners disqualified several thousand of his ballot signatures, narrowly placing him under the threshold required to access the ballot.
The Wisconsin Election Commission had disqualified thousands of ballot access signatures from Hawkins’ running mate, Angela Walker, by alleging that she herself had listed an erroneous personal address on nominating petitions. This argument precluded the possibility of Walker changing her address or moving during the election, and ultimately didn’t challenge the veracity of the signatures of those who signed to place her on the ballot. This act ultimately disenfranchised Green Party petition signers of their voice.
Democratic partisan operatives have long loathed the Green Party for providing an alternative to Democratic corporatism, while touting the controlled opposition of the Libertarian Party. There’s reason to think that the Libertarian Party primarily draws votes from Democratic-leaning voters, as well, but much less so than the Green Party.
The 2016 Green Party vote total of roughly 50,000 may not have been enough overturn Biden’s 80,000 vote margin of victory in Pennsylvania, but it could’ve conceivably acted as a spoiler against Biden in the Keystone State in a situation where the 2020 Green Party candidate outperformed Stein. If the Green Party ballot presence in all three states proved enough to erode Biden’s margin of victory enough, Donald Trump would’ve won the 2020 presidential election.
There’s no reason that the Libertarian Party-largely known as a front organization for oligarchs such as Charles Koch- should have ballot access in elections where the Green Party, a grassroots environmentalist party, does not.
Obama Reportedly Said Pete Buttigieg Too ‘Gay’ and ‘Short’ to be President
Tell it like it is, Barack!
Former president Barack Hussein Obama reportedly said that former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg was too “gay” and too “short” to be a serious presidential contender during the midst of the 2020 presidential race.
Buttigieg, who ran for president in 2020 and surprisingly won the Iowa caucus, is now the Transportation Secretary under President-imposed Joe Biden. He is considered a rising star in the Democrat Party due to his homosexual lifestyle, which includes being gay married to a husband, but Obama is apparently a doubter.
Obama reportedly made his remarks while addressing a group of black Democrat donors in Oct. 2019 as he was attempting to exert his influence over the process. The revelation comes from a new book authored by The Hill’s Amie Parnes and NBC’s Jonathan Allen titled, Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency.
At the time, Obama was apparently supporting Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for president. The excerpt from the book, which includes various pot shots made by Obama toward Buttigieg, reads as follows:
When he was asked to return to the original question on his advice, Obama said he liked Buttigieg, a rising talent who’d worked on his own campaign. But despite his affinity for the South Bend mayor, he rattled off a list of reasons why Buttigieg couldn’t win.
“He’s thirty- eight,” Obama said, pausing for dramatic effect, “but he looks thirty.” The audience laughed. Obama was on a roll, using the tone of light ridicule he some-times pointed at himself — ” big ears” and “a funny name,” he’d said so many times before. Now, it was directed at Buttigieg. “He’s the mayor of a small town,” the former president continued. “He’s gay,” Obama said, “and he’s short.” More laughter.
Only months earlier, Buttigieg had sat in Obama’s postpresidential office in Washington seeking counsel on how to maintain equanimity in the face of homophobia on the campaign trail. Now, behind his back, Obama was riffing on him to some of the wealthiest Black men in America at a time when Buttigieg had been dubbed “Mayo Pete” by critics who believed he couldn’t connect with African American voters.
It goes without saying that any conservative who made similar remarks would be pilloried by the fake news media. Obama will get a pass, although the comments may make the former president’s relationship with the former mayor strained as Buttigieg climbs up the political ladder undeservedly due solely to identity politics.
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