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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.

In a time where a major part of America dislikes the main candidates, many were holding out hope that moderators would allow third party candidates to grace the stage with the big dogs.

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.

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.

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Jill Stein was escorted out of the debates last night. Here’s why.

Christina Buff

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.

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