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Noam Chomsky: Progressives who refused to vote for Hillary in 2016 made a ‘bad mistake’

Intellectual lion of the left Noam Chomsky has a message for progressives who refused to vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election: You screwed up.

In an interview with Al Jazeera‘s Mehdi Hasan, Chomsky said that so-called “progressives” should have thrown their support behind Clinton for the sole purpose of keeping  Donald Trump out of the White House.

“I think they [made] a bad mistake,” Chomsky said, who stressed the importance of keeping a “greater evil” from obtaining power, even if it means going with someone you don’t like. “I didn’t like Clinton at all, but her positions are much better than Trump’s on every issue I can think of.”

Chomsky then highlighted the arguments made by philosopher Slavoj Zizek, who argued that Trump’s election would create a rallying cry for the left to enact real change in the future, saying that Zizek’s case was “terrible.”

“[Zizek makes a] terrible point,” Chomsky declared. “It was the same point that people like him said about Hitler in the early ’30s… he’ll shake up the system in bad ways.”

Watch an excerpt from the interview below (you can watch the full interview here):

Featured image via YouTube screen grab

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