Asheville, NC — At a recent rally, former Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein announced to a crowd of almost 32 people in Asheville, North Carolina that she thinks homeopathy would be a key ingredient in her Russian foreign policy. Speaking at the French Broad Food Co-Op on Biltmore Ave, the physician and former pop singer wanted to make it clear that it would be part of a broader approach to dealing with Vladimir Putin.
“I am excited to engage with President Putin on all sorts of topics,” said Ms. Stein to the somewhat anxious and restless gathering. “I think all options are on the table. We’ve tried so many approaches that have just not worked, and it’s time for a new deal. I mean, just being tested and reviewed by agencies tied to big pharma and the chemical industry is also problematic. That’s why I think we should try homeopathy as well as other things like cannabis in our negotiations with Russia. What do we have to lose?”
The former Green Party candidate is polled about 2% nationally and did not secure a ballot position in every state in the past election. The Party has complained about the lack of coverage for third party candidates, which they say is contributing to their low poll numbers across the country. However those who study politics, like University of Chicago’s James Badwater, PhD have a different opinion.
“Look, here’s the thing,” said Professor Badwater in a Gish Gallop telephone interview. “I think the lack of coverage helped both the Jill Stein and Gary Johnson campaigns. We’ve seen how badly things went for Gary Johnson when he gets in front of a camera. And just look at this non-sense from Jill Stein. I mean, homeopathy as a part of foreign policy? What does that even mean? Imagine this clip getting out on CNN or some other television network. She’d then be thankful for that 2% vote.”
Ms. Stein was meeting with a local anti-vaccine group in Asheville, which might have explained her strange position. But even members of “Out-Vaxxed,” the group she was speaking to at the French Broad Food Co-Op, were confused by her foreign policy talk.
“We’re an anti-vaccine group, not some weird homeopathy cranks,” said Seth “Juggles” Smith outside the Co-Op. “I mean, it’s just water right? I don’t get it and I don’t think this kind of thing will help her get any votes.”
Follow-up calls to the Jill Stein campaign have gone unanswered.