Cornel West, the progressive activist and professor, introduced a presidential marketing campaign on Monday with the Individuals’s Occasion, a 3rd celebration led by a former marketing campaign employees member for Senator Bernie Sanders.
“I enter within the quest for fact, I enter within the quest for justice, and the presidency is only one automobile to pursue that fact and justice — what I’ve been attempting to do all of my life,” Dr. West mentioned in a campaign video posted on Twitter.
Within the video, Dr. West mentioned he had determined to run as a third-party candidate as a result of “neither political celebration desires to inform the reality about Wall Road, about Ukraine, concerning the Pentagon, about Huge Tech.” He referred to as former President Donald J. Trump, the front-runner for the Republican nomination, a “neo-fascist,” and President Biden a “milquetoast neoliberal.”
Dr. West has taught at Yale, Princeton and Harvard and is at present a professor of philosophy at Union Theological Seminary. He’s recognized for his progressive activism, together with his sharp criticism of former President Barack Obama.
His marketing campaign video emphasised a listing of points, together with wages, inexpensive housing, abortion rights, common well being care, local weather change and “the destruction of American democracy.”
The Individuals’s Occasion was based by Nick Brana, who labored on Mr. Sanders’s marketing campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, however later broke away. The celebration tried to recruit Mr. Sanders after his 2016 marketing campaign, however he declined to get entangled and once more sought the Democratic nomination in 2020.
“Do now we have what it takes? We will see. However a few of us are going to go down combating,” Dr. West mentioned in his announcement video, leaning into the digicam and exaggeratedly enunciating the syllables of “combating.” “Go down swinging with model and a smile.”