Stein blasts media for coverage of Harambe tweet

Moriah Ratner

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein wants to know why a tweet she posted on the gorilla that was killed earlier this year at the Cincinnati zoo was more widely covered by news outlets than an anti-poverty meeting she had.

“Why’d media pay more attention to 1 tweet on Harambe than my entire visit to Baltimore to talk about ending poverty?” Stein asked Monday on Twitter.

{mosads}She included in the tweet a photo and description of who she talked to and where she visited during her Baltimore trip. 

During the visit, Stein joined Green Party mayoral candidate Joshua Harris, Green Party city council candidate Ian Schlakman and the Rev. Annie Chambers, an anti-poverty activist. 

On Sunday, the Green Party nominee called for expanded legal protections for animals three months after a zoo worker in Cincinnati shot and killed Harambe, a 17-year-old Western lowland gorilla.

“The killing of Harambe 3 months ago today reminds us to be a voice for the voiceless,” Stein said in a widely shared tweet, with a picture and a link to a statement.

In that statement, Stein said the killing of Harambe, who was killed after he grabbed a 3-year-old boy who fell into his enclosure, shows “the need to adopt stronger legal protections for the rights of animals.”  

Public Policy Polling shared Stein’s tweet with a different message: “Harambe has more support for President than you,” the polling organization said.

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