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Socialist Academic Cornel West Launches Third Party Presidential Bid

Cornel West is running for president with a campaign that may draw Democratic voters

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Socialist academic and activist Cornel West has announced his intention to run for president as a candidate representing the People’s Party.

West made the announcement with a video posted to Twitter, revealing he has decided to run for truth and justice, which takes the form of running for president of the United States as a candidate for the People’s Party.” He explained, “I enter for the quest for truth. I enter for the quest of justice. And the presidency is just one vehicle we pursue that truth and justice.”

West, a former professor at Harvard University and professor emeritus at Princeton University, highlighted his disagreements with both mainstream political parties in his announcement.

“Neither political party wants to tell the truth about Wall Street, about Ukraine, about the Pentagon, about big tech,” West asserted. “Do we have what it takes? We shall see.”

An early supporter of former President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, West broke with the 44th president as early as 2009, first questioning Obama’s decision to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. Ahead of Obama’s reelection, West would lambast him as a “Rockefeller Republican in blackface.” After his second victory, West described him as a “counterfeit” and his administration as a “Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency.”

In 2016 and in 2020, West supported the presidential bids of Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders. He voiced his ardent 2020 support in a lengthy interview with The Intercept.

“I was blessed to do over a hundred events for my dear brother,” said West in 2020 as he endorsed his second presidential bid. He extolled Sanders’ anti-racist tendencies, declaring the endorsement “has to do with the Martin Luther King like criteria of assessing a candidate namely the issues of militarism, poverty, materialism, and racism, xenophobia in all of its forms that includes any kind of racism as you know against black people, brown people, yellow people, anybody, Arabs, Muslims, Jews, Palestinians, Kashmirians, Tibetans and so forth.”

Known for his academic activism, West’s new affiliation with The People’s Party will likely signal the left wing progressive’s staunch opposition to U.S. funding of the war in Ukraine.

The People’s Party has distinguished itself among left wing causes through its opposition to the war, and was among the bipartisan organizers of the “Rage Against the War Machine” rally held in Washington, D.C. in February of this year.

Conservative readers may be interested in reading about West’s travels in Africa with Tucker Carlson, who once embedded himself with a group of African-American religious figures, academics, and activists in failed a bid to restore order to war torn Liberia.

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    June 5, 2023 at 8:56 pm

    A Werewolf Communist is exactly what America needs to replace Biden. Another less shaved Obama, ah perfectly Anti American

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      ESAD RACIST !!

      June 6, 2023 at 6:47 pm

      Buck A-Hole !!

      We All Know your Going to make Fried Chicken , Pancakes ,and Watermelon Illegal for Y-T !!

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      Timothy P

      June 6, 2023 at 9:41 pm

      here we go again, another coon trying to get into the White house

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    June 6, 2023 at 7:38 am

    Anyone refusing to look at the overwhelming voter fraud coup d etat of 2020 seeks neither truth nor justice. Save us the ridiculous boobery of this sharpton wannabe

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    June 6, 2023 at 8:23 am

    Extreme nut.

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    Plato v2.0

    June 6, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    Next thing you know Jessie Jackass and Al not so Sharp-ton will be getting in this race. Not to worry though, it will end in Iowa or NH for all of them. Big Mike is going to be the next pResident!

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      June 6, 2023 at 9:43 pm

      you mean Mike, barry boy’s male wife?

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    Ben Neviss

    June 6, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    Makes sense. If you’ve ever looked at Biden and Trump and said to yourself, “Holy hell, out of 300 million Americans, those two are the best we’ve got to run for president?!”

    Well, now there’s a candidate even more grotesque than those guys.

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    CPO Bill

    June 6, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    sharpton is a race baiting lying piece of schiff!

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    June 6, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    It’s the Ross Perot Maneuver by the establishment Dims. The want to stop RFK Jr from running and winning. This guy is in it to steal away votes, perhaps for the primary IF they ever have one. If RFK runs as independent he’ll likely steal enough to ensure #brainfartbiden loses.

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    Noel Field

    June 6, 2023 at 3:43 pm

    Not sure he’ll have a Ralph Nader level effect but it could be fun to watch if the Biden machine allows him to live.

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    June 6, 2023 at 9:30 pm

    Hey, Obama CIA Director John Brennan copped out to voting for Communist Party presidential candidate Gus Hall in the 1970s. Anything is possible.

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    June 7, 2023 at 7:24 am

    just what the country needs, more spooks. all he and the rest of the shades want is free money for doing nothing or next to nothing for anyone except their own.whites are now on endangered species list world wide.

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    J. R. Justice

    June 7, 2023 at 4:11 pm

    This BLACK POS has just about as much chance of being elected to ANYTHING as a SNOWBALL in HELL !!!! Where do they dig up these CREATURES !!!!

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