“Tulsi is a rock star,” said one high profile Wall Street professional who attended a hero’s welcome for the Democratic presidential candidate at a meeting with Wall Street executives and potential donors Wednesday evening in New York City. The event took place at Anthony Scaramucci’s Hunt and Fish Club restaurant. “She’s warm and smart, people in the room loved her.”
Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Congresswoman from Hawaii’s second district, is a complex women who’s hard to define politically. In our current polarized political climate, it seems those who speak both the loudest and most extremely win the daily media cycle. Tulsi is measured, reasoned and moderate. I noted she was the real winner of the October Democratic Primary debates.
Tulsi is warm and smart, people in the room loved her.
Full disclosure: I am currently a campaign volunteer for Tulsi. I highly respect her father, state senator Mike Gabbard, and adore the Gabbard family. One reason I support the Gabbard political ‘Ohana is I believe they accept and welcome constructive criticism. I disagree with Tulsi’s position in support of the protestors on Mauna Kea. I consider their action to be non-peaceful and unfair to Hawai’i residents, as well as human beings around the globe.
The Gabbards accept and respect differing viewpoints. Actually, they seem to welcome diversity of opinion, as well as people and culture. This is in part what makes the Gabbards a family of leaders — and has always led to America’s greatness: our diversity. This should be celebrated.
National media has been extremely unkind and negative toward Tulsi. Left-leaning HuffPost gave her congressional challenger, Hawai’i state senator Kai Kahele, full feature coverage earlier this month. The New York Times and CNN frequently run anti-Tulsi campaigns.
The liberal publication pointed out Kahele raised $399,000 in campaign contributions in the first two quarters of 2019 — quadrupling that of Gabbard’s $83,000. A recent Public Policy Polling survey reported a majority of District 2 constituents support her dropping out of the congressional race altogether.
“It’s time for a change in the White House. And it’s time for a change in District 2.”
State Senator Kai Kahale Challenging Tulsi in Hawai’i
The same poll showed Tulsi held a commanding lead over Kahele 48% to 26% in a head-to-head matchup. The major media outlet seemed overjoyed 27% of voters in the district noted they were undecided and suggested this demonstrated Kahele had “a clear path to victory in next year’s primary.”
“She’s got a fucking tiger on her tail, and she’s gonna be in trouble,” Kai Kahele Vice News in June. “It’s a different Hawai’i than what she’s used to, and I’m a completely different candidate than anything she’s ever faced.”
Rock Star or Sinking Rock?
Tulsi received national headlines last week during her nasty tussle with former first lady, Secretary of State, and 2016 Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.
“If they can falsely portray me as a traitor, then they can do it to anyone — and in fact, that’s exactly the message they want to get across to you. If you stand up to Hillary and the party power brokers — if you stand up to the rich and powerful elite and the war machine, they will destroy you and discredit your message. But, here is the truth: They will not intimidate us. They will not silence us.”
Hillary claimed Tulsi, potential Democratic presidential nominee, Hawai’i congresswoman, and Iraq War vet was a “favorite of the Russians.” Clinton also suggested the GOP is “grooming her to be a third-party candidate.”
“Hillary, your foreign policy was a disaster for our country and the world — resulting in the deaths and injuries of so many of my brothers and sisters in uniform, devastating entire countries, millions of lives lost, refugee crises.”
Tulsi has suffered the Wrath of a Woman Scorned for resigning in 2016 as vice chairwoman of the DNC in protest of what Tulsi believed was obstruction of Bernie Sanders’ upstart campaign by Hillary and the DNC. For Bernie supporters and millions of Americans, Tulsi’s action demonstrated awesome personal courage and professional integrity.
Experts close to Tulsi had warned that her endorsement of Bernie Sanders “would be the end of my ‘political career’ — they said Clinton would never forget,” Gabbard said last week.
This epic battle for the soul of the Democratic party represents a major fault line within the political Left. Old School Democrats, circa 1960-1980, tended to be anti-war and peace-seeking idealists. Tulsi has criticized Hillary and “establishment” NeoCon Democrats of being proponents of “endless war.” Tulsi wants to bring the troops home and focus on caring for America’s children.
Tulsi referred to Hillary as the “Queen of Warmongers, the embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.” Tulsi disclosed her team wondered who was behind the “concerted campaign” to destroy her reputation. Tulsi claims it was always Hillary, her proxies and powerful allies.
Americans know those who oppose Hillary or the Clintons have a strange pattern of disappearing or dying. Tulsi demonstrates no fear of possible Clinton reprisal, as the experienced military Veteran boldly pushes back against Hillary.
“It’s time for you to acknowledge the damage you have caused and apologize for it. It is long past time for you to step down from your throne so the Democratic Party can lead with a new foreign policy which will actually be in the interests of and benefit the American people and the world.”
Is Tulsi next on the Clinton Hit List?
Bernie Sanders and a handful of Democratic leaders rushed to Tulsi’s defense. “Tulsi Gabbard has put her life on the line to defend this country. People can disagree on issues, but it is outrageous for anyone to suggest that Tulsi is a foreign asset.”
In one response, Adam Parkhomenko, former Hillary Clinton staffer who bills himself as a top Democratic Party grassroots organizer, attacked Sanders by unleashing a vulgar tirade on “that asshole.” Old School Democrats advocated tolerance and respect for the opinions of everyone in their “Big Tent.” What the hell is wrong with the Democratic Party?
Parkhomenko said, “Bernie joins Trump and thousands of Russian bots in defending the person who blamed the US instead of Assad for gassing his own people. Not to mention his not so stellar voting record on Russian sanctions. Fuck Bernie. I’d forgotten how much I despise that asshole. Thanks for the reminder.”
An increasing number of other 2020 Democratic candidates have also indicated their support for Tulsi by rejecting Clinton’s claims and attempting to shift the conversation to other topics.
Democrat infighting even brought the president into the battle — reigniting Trump’s feud with Hillary. In an exclusive interview last Monday on “Hannity,” Trump blasted the former Secretary of State as part of a broader discussion with the host about the Russia investigation, something he dismissed as a “phony scam.”
“Then you have Hillary Clinton saying two days ago, ‘Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian asset,’ and that Jill Stein was a Russian agent. I said, wait a minute, it took me two-and-a-half years, I wish [Hillary] would have said that earlier because people … have realized she is crazy. She’s crazy.”
One thing is certain — Tulsi Gabbard is not crazy. Getting America out of “regime change” and endless wars is smart, wise and compassionate. America’s children need our attention. There are too many homeless on our streets. Our healthcare system is bloated, inefficient and criminally expensive. We need good-paying jobs — not more bullets and bombs.
Abraham Williams, Tulsi’s husband, pointed out her loyalties. Tulsi knows the horror of war. She knows our nation must be strong militarily, but also provide proper support for our families and ‘Ohana.
Regardless whether you lean politically right, left or stand somewhere in the middle, we need a president who can unite rather than divide our nation. We need someone who lives aloha; is moderate; and understands our military might should be focused on ensuring lasting peace and prosperity for Americans here at home.
Tulsi reminds me of JFK. Like him, she’s a former military Veteran. She knows the horror of war and importance of peace. She’s youthful, bright, bold and moderate in a time of great national turbulence. Tulsi’s voice should not be silenced. If you agree, consider joining her campaign. If you disagree, let us know why by commenting below.
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