Jill Stein’s Reddit AMA Was a Total Disaster

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By William Hicks | 1:02 pm, October 31, 2016

When the choice between the two major party candidates can only kindly be described as a contest between a giant douche and a turd sandwich, third party candidates can become irrationally appealing.

Like Green Party candidate Jill Stein. She seems hip and down with saving the earth and stuff. Look, she even went on Reddit, where all the cool young people hang out, to make her case directly to the people . What could go wrong?

Turns out everything. One Redditor asked her about her past comments about WiFi radiation harming children and the entire AMA devolved into a downvote fest. Her answer ended up with lower than -3,000 points, and the entire AMA was barely only 56 percent upvoted (less than the Trump AMA).

Stein waffled around the question, saying their was not enough information to feel safe about “killer” WiFi, and provided some bogus evidence to back her claims. 

A number of scientific studies have raised red flags about possible health effects of WiFi radiation on young children. I do not have a personal opinion that WiFi is or isn’t a health issue for children. There is not enough information to know.

Redditors in aggregate are fairly environmentally conscious, so this should have been a receptive crowd for Stein. Too bad they are also very pro-science, so they hated her anti-nuclear power rant as well (-4,615 points).

Nuclear power is dirty, dangerous, expensive and obsolete. First of all, it is toxic from the beginning of the production chain to the very end.

Stein even said she thought she could win despite polling at about 2 percent nationally (-500 points).

Yes we could win! The corporate media has blacked us out for fear of the voter revolt. But that revolt is happening. Clinton and Trump are the most dislike, untrusted presidential candidates in our history. 76% of Americans were clamoring for open debates. But the Commission on Presidential debates – which is none other than the Democratic and Republican parties – set the rules to exclude political opposition. That’s not democracy. That’s two-party tyranny.

Even her stance on fighter jets managed to piss off some Redditors.

“There are many ways we can pay for this debt,” Stein said. “We could for example cancel the obsolete F-35 fighter jet program.”

One Redditors response tore her idea to shreds.

The F-35 is not obsolete (that means old and defunct, which the F-35 is not) and is actually more cost effective in the long-run because the aircraft will be the standard in the U.S. air fleet (acting as a replacement for the F-16, F-15, A-10, etc) making training and maintenance more straightforward and in the long run, cheaper.

Stein clearly did not understand her audience. Trying to lecture a massive crowd of nerds on finer points of science and engineering will almost always backfire, especially if you subscribe to an odd set of New Age wacko beliefs.

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