Axelrod warns Cornel West candidacy could tip Trump election

Democratic strategist David Axelrod said academic Cornel West’s Green Party candidacy could draw votes from President Biden, leading to a victory for former President Trump.

“In 2016, the Green Party played an outsized role in swinging the election towards Donald Trump. Now, with Cornel West as a likely candidate, they could easily do it again. Risky business,” he said. tweeted.

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West is seeking nomination by the Green Party as a progressive candidate, motivated by a quest for social and economic justice, he said in a campaign announcement.

Axelrod compared West to 2016 Green Party candidate Jill Stein, whom some have accused of splitting the vote for Hillary Clinton in key electoral states, which could cause Clinton to lose the election to the former President Trump.

Stein won more votes than Trump’s margin of victory in Wisconsin and Michigan, states that would have tilted the election outcome had Clinton won.

Democrats have raised concerns about attempts to float third-party candidates into a 2024 Biden-Trump matchup, including by West and the “No Labels” organization, who have pledged to present a “ticket of unity”, which would exist outside the two-party system.

Republican strategists shared similar concerns, with former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway saying West posed a big threat to Biden’s campaign.

A poll last month found nearly half of voters would consider at least one third-party candidate in a second Biden-Trump game. The most popular potential candidates in this poll were the senses. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). Sanders has backed Biden, while Manchin and Cheney have not publicly announced their 2024 plans.

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