Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was arrested outside of Hofstra University on Tuesday after attempted to enter debate grounds. According to Stein’s campaign press statement, Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala joined supporters outside the Hofstra campus at 2pm, where Stein declared, “We are here to bring the courage of those excluded from our politics to this mock debate, this mockery of democracy.”
When they started to walk onto the debate grounds, they were stopped by police officers, and then the two women sat down on the ground. Student-run news organization Long Island Report posted a video of Stein and Honkala sitting, with an officer arguing, “You’re blocking traffic.”
After Honkala stated, “We want to practice our first amendment rights,” the police can been seen removing the women from the ground and leading them away. According to the campaign, Stein and Honkala were then arrested. Press contact Glenn Turner confirmed to HuffPost that Stein was arrested and as of early Tuesday evening was still in jail, charged with disorderly conduct.
Earlier in the day, Stein told Philadelphia Weekly that despite some butterflies in the stomach, “We are prepared to be arrested in the service of democracy and a future that serves us all.” Stein advocates have been upset over her exclusion from the main debates. According to Politico, “The bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates stipulates that a candidate must garner at least 15 percent in national polls in order to participate.”
I do agree. The Libertarian and Green Parties at least should have been included in these debates. They will never get 15 percent in the national polls if they are never given exposure. While they would not win the Presidential election, it would legitimize these other parties in their quest for Congress or State seats.
I bet 98% of Americans have never even HEARD of Jill Stein.
This is, indeed, an outrage.