Last night’s Democratic debate featured candidates that varied widely in their views from very progressive to quite moderate. Still, Hawaiian Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard, stuck out from the crowd. Gabbard has been criticized for a number of views including her past opposition to gay marriage and favorable statements about Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
The democratic hopeful has accused the party’s debates of being rigged and threatened a boycott of last nights debate. Gabbard still attended the event, though, and used the platform to accused the mainstream media of “smearing” her.
When asked about the current Syrian conflict the congresswoman answered, “Donald Trump has the blood of the Kurds on his hand, but so do many of the politicians in our country from both parties who have supported this ongoing ‘regime change’ war in Syria that started in 2011, along with many in the mainstream media, who have been championing and cheerleading this regime change war.”
Trump has the blood of Kurds on his hand, but so do politicians from both parties along w/ the MSM who champion Syrian regime change war. NYT/CNN have also smeared veterans like myself for calling for an end to this war. Completely despicable #DemDebate https://t.co/VJP4AxlNtI pic.twitter.com/fj7iEBG3C9
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) October 16, 2019
Gabbard then turned her attention to the media, saying, “Not only that but, The New York Times and CNN have also smeared veterans like myself for calling for an end to this regime change war. Just two days ago, The New York Times put out an article saying that I’m a Russian asset and an Assad apologist, and all these different smears.”
While she has been receiving a fair amount of media attention, Gabbard is still polling at around 1%. For a variety of reasons, however, popular with Republicans. Tucker Carlson said of the candidate in January, “If you don’t like her foreign policy views, let’s just say so. But no one ever really wants to debate what our foreign policy should be. They just attack anyone who deviates from their own dumb ideas.”
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