Going Third Party
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With the elections tomorrow, one has to wonder if Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton are the only choices for president. Those who depend on other sources rather than just the televised media know that they have choices other than the candidate from the two main parties- Jill Stein of the Green Party, and Gary Johnson of Libertarian Party.
Mr. Hertenstein the AP Government and AP Psychology teacher at Baldwin Park High shared some insight on how third party voters can affect the presidency elections.
He mentioned how Ralph Nader was accused of costing Al Gore the election in 2002 which could have been possible in this election with Bernie and Hillary. Hertenstein said, “Bernie was that fresh perspective” that young people needed in this election and would not be found with Hillary.”
At the Democratic Convention back in July, many Bernie Sanders supporters were very upset with the fact that Sanders was not given a fair shot in the primaries. Bernie supporters then started to chant “Bernie or Bust”, held posters, and duct taped their mouths saying that their voices were silenced by democracy.
Many were upset when Bernie endorsed Hillary Clinton once he realized that it was her or Trump. However, some who loved Bernie and his ideas found a new leader in the Green Party, Jill Stein.
However, whether or not going third party would prevent a Trump presidency, which was Bernie’s number one priority, is very controversial. A lot of Hillary supporters are urging Bernie or Bust people to switch over to their side. They argue that without their help, the Democratic votes would be split, causing Trump to have a higher percentage of votes.
Sarah Silverman was one of the Bernie supporters to switch over to Hillary’s side. She even voiced her opinion on how she found the Bernie or Bust people ridiculous at the Democratic Convention.
Susan Sarandon, an American actress, voiced her opinion about going Third Party, “Fear of Donald Trump is not enough for me to support Clinton, with her record of corruption. Now that Trump is self-destructing, I feel even those in swing states have the opportunity to vote their conscience.”
The fear of Trump becoming president is what makes people not want to vote third party, but then that voters are not exercising their freedom to vote for whomever they want. Choosing the lesser of the evils is not an option for many and third party voters are okay with voting for who they really want.