Few Democratic contenders have shown as much bravery and courage as Hawaiian Representative Tulsi Gabbard. Not only has she served her country in more than one combat situation while being a part of the Army National Guard, but she recently took on Hillary Clinton, the “warmonger” herself, as Gabbard referred to her.
The Hawaiian lawmaker has been relentless in addressing the Democratic Party as something that is no longer what it was and definitely not what it should be. She has stood up to the ideas of corruption that have been propagated throughout the left-wing, and even though she is still a member of the party, she has occasionally even shown support for the GOP, or at least some of their ideals. She is also one of the only Democratic presidential candidates who has dared to show their face on networks such as Fox News, which are thought to be conservative-leaning.
In response to critics of these actions, she says that she is only doing what is needed to reach everyone, not just those who are most likely to give her support. After all, the president is the leader of all of the nation, not only his or her own party.
However, these actions and her policies that go against the Democratic mainstream have earned her an extremely cold shoulder by most of the party. In fact, it has even led those like Hillary Clinton and others to insinuate that Gabbard is somehow an agent for Russia and being “groomed” as a potential third-party candidate.
In true Gabbard fashion, she did not take these accusations well and swiftly lashed out at Hillary on Twitter. She wrote of Clinton, “You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain.”
And while her response has earned her the respect of most anti-Hillary voters, it seems to have only alienated herself even more from her fellow Democrats. This was never quite so clear as during the most recent Democratic primary debate held on Wednesday evening.
The first piece of this evidence is that it took debater moderators nearly 30 minutes to even look in Gabbard’s direction and ask her anything. And when she was given a question, it was about her attack on Hillary.
Moderator Ashley Parker asked, “Congresswoman Gabbard, you have criticized Hillary Clinton as the, quote, personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party. What is the rot you see in the Democratic Party?”
Gabbard responded, “That our Democratic Party, unfortunately, is not the party that is of, by and for the people. It is the party that has been and continues to be influenced by the foreign policy establishment in Washington, represented by Hillary Clinton and others’ foreign policy, by the military-industrial complex, and other greedy corporate interests.”
And she continued, “I’m running for president to be the Democratic nominee that rebuilds our Democratic Party, takes it out of their hands and truly puts it in the hands of the people of this country.”
The floor was then given to Senator Kamala Harris to “respond” to Gabbard. But she less responded to the question and instead only criticized Gabbard for her not so loyal thoughts about their party, proving once again that she is nothing more than a puppet to continue corruption’s reign.
And Gabbard made sure to note this. She said, “What Senator Harris is doing is unfortunately continuing to traffic in lies, and smears, and innuendos, because she cannot challenge the substance of the argument that I’m making, the leadership and the change that I’m seeking to bring in our foreign policy, which only makes me guess that she will as president continue the status quo, continue the Bush-Clinton-Trump foreign policy of regime change wars, which is deeply destructive.”
While she fully put Harris in her place, that was just about all the air time was given for the rest of the night. In fact, she had one of the lowest amounts of speaking time of all the candidates, even those who are polling significantly behind her. Minnesota Senator Klobuchar, for example, is polling behind Gabbard nationwide and yet was given nearly double the amount of time to speak.
This just goes to show you how far from the truth the party has fallen. All Gabbard has done is speak out for the people and against corruption, and she has been shunned for it.