“I have a problem with these fake, attention seeking, grandstanding Green/Libertarian party candidates who pop up every four years, like mushrooms in shit, saying that they’re building a third party. And those of us who… can’t get behind every Democratic position or Republican position, should gravitate toward these third parties…
If you’re interested in building a third party, a viable third party, you don’t start with president. You don’t start by running someone for fucking president.
Where are the Green Party candidates for city councils? For county councils? For state legislatures? For state assessor? For state insurance commissioner? For governor? For fucking dogcatcher? I would be SO willing to vote for Green Party candidates who are starting at the bottom, grassroots, bottom up, building a third party, a viable third party.
You don’t do that by trotting out the reanimated corpse of Ralph fucking Nader every four fucking years. Or his doppelgänger, whoever it is now, Jill Stein and some asshole-to-be-named four years from now.”
— Gay activist and sex columnist Dan Savage sharing his opinion on third-party candidates during the May 24, 2016 episode of his Savage Lovecast. His entire rant is worth listening to (it starts at 21:40), as is his more recent rant against the Log Cabin Republicans. In his May 24 rant, Savage says that any mention of a possible progressive “revolution” following the election of Donald Trump is largely a fantasy as no such revolution arose after the 2000 election of George W. Bush.
He adds, “Disaster will come. And the people who’ll suffer are not going to be the pasty white Green Party supporters — pasty white Jill Stein and her pasty white supporters. The people who’ll suffer are going to be people of color. People of minority faiths. Queer people. Women.” That being said, the Green Party has run lower-level candidates in state and local races which can be found on their online database.