Jill Stein targeted John Oliver in a recent tweet this week, calling out the host for taking “cheap shots” at her student debt proposals.
In a tweet, the 2016 presidential candidate wrote: “Will John Oliver mock Biden for forgiving student debt without explaining exactly how he’ll pay for it? Nah. Oliver was simply taking a cheap shot at debtors & me for challenging liberal elites.”
Stein was responding to a video posted last week, showing John Oliver mocking the Green Party candidate’s proposals to eliminate student debt.
Whilst Oliver did confess he understood the matter in question, the host more specifically took issue with Stein’s lack of strategy in her proposals to tackle the dilemma.
In 2016, Stein took on Oliver’s comments when they were first aired, during an interview with The Young Turks.
Jill Stein responds to John Oliver in 2016: “Student debt is eminently cancellable”
“What he got wrong, quite simply was that student debt is eminently cancellable. If we could bail out Wall Street to the tune of 16 trillion dollars, the crooks who crashed the economy through their waste, fraud, and abuse, it’s about time we bailed out the victims of that waste, fraud, and abuse,” she explained.
“John Oliver’s producers had called us and we made it very clear that there are many ways we can do this. One way is through this fancy thing called quantitative easing, which is controversial. But there are many other ways.”
Stein also played out the proposal of replacing the funds used for nuclear weapons to fund college education.
The candidate then directly asked the HBO host if he was involved in the “Hillary Clinton protection network,” fueling laughter and applause from the studio audience.
On Twitter, Stein now solely refers to herself as a political activist.