It took a couple of votes and a last-minute switch from electronic to paper ballots, but the Democrats finally put an end to the search for a new party chair with the election of Tom Perez Saturday afternoon.
Backers of Rep. Keith Ellison were given the consolation of the deputy chairmanship after a few minutes of protesting the outcome, but in the end it was the “establishment” candidate who won over the favorite of progressives.
Both Perez and Ellison made immediate calls for unity in the party, and that gift was granted to them by Green Party presidential candidate and recount enthusiast Jill Stein, who seemed to unite every Democrat in America in the wish that she’d shut up and go away.
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) February 26, 2017
Stein’s statement read, in part:
After the blatant corruption of the 2016 election where the DNC sabotaged the Bernie Sanders campaign to clear the way for Hillary Clinton, for party elites to select a Clinton-linked insider demonstrates an arrogant refusal to even acknowledge the problems that have sent the party’s base streaming towards the exits.
It is now clearer than ever that the Democratic Party has learned no lessons from its catastrophic defeat. To build an America that works for all of us, we urgently need to build a progressive alternative that is independent of both parties of war and Wall Street.
She’s not wrong about the party sabotaging Sanders, but she might be a little confused about her own standing with progressives these days.
@DrJillStein please stop talking
— TCUFrogMan (@TCUFrogMan) February 26, 2017
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) February 26, 2017
@DrJillStein you really irritate me.
— Anna Faraday (@amfaraday) February 26, 2017
— Jay Evans (@JayEvansEsq) February 26, 2017
— Ben Yelin (@byelin) February 26, 2017
@DrJillStein Get Lost Jill…..Seriously G.E.T L.O.S.T‼️
— PierParty (@PierParty) February 26, 2017
@DrJillStein Just stop. You've done enough damage.
— VeracityCat (@Lexicologist) February 26, 2017
@DrJillStein just go away. Your party gave us Bush, Trump and total disaster. You and Nader should be ashamed.
— ❄❄RogueHHS❄❄ (@RogueHHS) February 26, 2017
@DrJillStein sit down and stop trying to finish destroying my country
— Neola Mace (@NeolaMace) February 26, 2017
— [redacted] (@qwerrecd) February 26, 2017
— Mark Snyder (@snyde043) February 26, 2017
— HSofia ???? (@hsofia) February 26, 2017
@DrJillStein Yes. Vote again for a party that has 0% chance of winning a single electoral vote. Trump thanks you.
— ibrahim sapien (@IbrahimSapien__) February 26, 2017
@DrJillStein Why are you still talking? You have done enough damage already
— mavs (@mavs111624) February 26, 2017
@DrJillStein Desperately trying to stay relevant aren't you!?
— n maia (@westie2203) February 26, 2017
@DrJillStein This from a Republican plant in the election to siphon votes from Hillary. Crawl back under your rock. Your 15 min are up.
— Proud Snowflake (@uagrad89) February 26, 2017
@DrJillStein I've been a Green Party for 25 years. You are not helping the progressive cause and not realizing the danger we are in. Stop.
— Adam Bernstein (@Iamthebassman) February 26, 2017
@DrJillStein Goodbye Dr. Stein. Please disappear until you have some relevance. Your time in the spotlight is over Didn't go so well.
— Saildog (@Saildog99) February 26, 2017
— Daph (@daph2345) February 26, 2017
— Maybeth Olson (@molson52) February 26, 2017
@DrJillStein What did you do with all the recount money you grifter?
— MaryC (@maco415) February 26, 2017
@DrJillStein Thanks, but I've been vaccinated and I use wifi a lot, so I probably don't have much longer to live anyway.
— Alex Wright (@alwrightthen) February 26, 2017
@DrJillStein You are not the alternative. I know that leaves you with nothing but your parakeets, but it's true.
— Alternative Fax (@daveblend) February 26, 2017
@DrJillStein i don't want to hear your criticism of the democratic party ever again.
— master disaster (@dumpsterboa) February 26, 2017
— The Known Unknowns (@Known__Unknowns) February 26, 2017