Third-party champions plan protests at opening presidential debate

Dissatisfied with being ostracized from the first presidential debate, followers of Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein intend to “escort” their candidate into Hofstra University on Monday evening, where major party contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will square off.

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) stipulates that candidates garner 15 percent of the national electorate based on the polling of five preselected national public opinion organizations to be eligible to participate.

In the absence of Stein and former New Mexico Governor and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson on the debate stage, veteran political strategist and Stein adviser Kevin Zeese announced the campaign’s intent to organize a rally protesting both Johnson and Stein’s exclusion on Stein’s campaign website.

“We may decide to have supporters attempt to escort our candidates into the debates. This situation may lead to arrest — it is possible but not definite. There will be actions you can take with us at Hofstra that do not risk arrest,” Zeese wrote on Stein’s campaign website.

Stein penned an opinion piece in The Guardian earlier this month denouncing the debate qualifying standards, describing it as undemocratic to bar third-party candidates, upbraiding CPD as managed by the two major parties and expressing disbelief over dismissing the importance of an honest public debate and full accountability for all candidates seeking the White House.

Similarly, Stein revealed CPD, far from being non-partisan, is a private corporation intent on protecting the two-party domination of presidential electoral politics and an entity which jealously guards its donors.

Concurrent with the Stein campaign’s plans for Monday in New York, supporters of Johnson protested in front of the CPD offices in Washington on Wednesday.

“To have a debate about having a democratic debate in America is absolutely insane,” wrote libertarian activist Adam Kokesh on Facebook. 

While many anticipate more fireworks and less productive conversation when Trump and Clinton face one another Monday evening, the most substantive debate, fairness, may very well be held in the streets outside Hofstra University.


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