Jill Stein was escorted out of the debates last night. Here’s why.
The first primetime presidential debate showcased only two candidates: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But other candidates exist, and they have a pretty large following.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson were not invited to the stage to debate with the two major parties, since they had not reached 15 percent in national polls beforehand.
Stein actually showed up to the debate site at Hofstra University, but was escorted off the premises by security. Supporters had joined her for an #OccupyTheDebates sit in, in attempt to get her on the debate stage.
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) September 26, 2016
When that didn't work, Stein's supporters and Johnson's supporters took to Twitter. The hashtag #LetJillDebate and #LetGaryDebate quickly became a trend among young voters online.
— Stray Hares (@StrayHares) September 27, 2016
— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) September 25, 2016
— Gregory Pizarro Jr. (@gregpizarrojr) September 27, 2016
— Doops (@Doopser) September 27, 2016
— Christopher Tetta (@christetta) September 27, 2016
#LetGaryDebate the American people deserve to hear from him
— Cameron Sauers (@Cam_Sauers) September 26, 2016
— MeshAwareness (@MeshAwareness) September 27, 2016
— David Sentinella (@VerdantDavid) September 27, 2016
Worst case scenario, you don't like what he has to say. Best case, you realize that there's a candidate worthy of your vote #LetGaryDebate
— sam 20acre (@Samosauur) September 27, 2016
As predicted...we learned nothing new. Both candidates will escalate war. Time is now for an alternate viewpoint #LetGaryDebate
— Vets 4 Gary Johnson (@vets4gary) September 27, 2016
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Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.