Green Party Nominee Escorted off Debate Premises
The Green Party’s Jill Stein was escorted off the debate premises before Monday night’s presidential debate started.
I'm pretty sure Jill Stein just boarded the media bus at the Hofstra University #Debates2016
— Eliza Collins (@elizacollins1) September 26, 2016
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) September 26, 2016
The Hill reports:
Authorities asked Stein to leave Hofstra University ahead of the contest in Hempstead, N.Y., USA Today said.
USA Today said Eliza Collins, one of its reporters, noticed Stein and her campaign boarding the media bus to Hofstra University earlier Monday.
Collins’s tweet caught the attention of Hofstra University security and Nassau County police, it said, as Stein is not credentialed for Monday evening’s event.
Stein’s campaign said officials told them they “would be escorted off campus immediately,” USA Today said.
“So that’s exactly what we did — we complied,” press secretary Meleiza Figueroa said. “We were there under legitimate pretenses.”
Figueroa said Stein was conducting interviews with multiple media outlets before her staff was asked to leave.
Stein is now waiting at a location near Hofstra University, she continued, while “hundreds of supporters” are bused in.
Figueroa added that Stein’s fans will demonstrate for her entrance into the debate around 5:30 p.m. once they have all assembled.
“Our supporters are going to attempt to escort Jill in,” she said. “We are expecting they will be unsuccessful.”
Stein has vowed she will live stream her response to Monday night’s debate on Twitter in a protest outside the debate venue.
The Green Party nominee did not meet the Commission on Presidential Debates’s 15 percent threshold to participate in the contest.
Stein has repeatedly argued that inclusion in the presidential debates is essential for her odds of winning the White House.
Stein ultimately spent eight hours handcuffed to a chair during the Oct. 16, 2012, event, which also occurred at Hofstra University while she was the Green Party’s presidential nominee.
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