A Democratic congresswoman came to the defense of Donald Trump, blasting critics of the president-elect’s cabinet picks.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii defended Trump during an interview on CNN and, in a scathing commentary, called attacks against his nomination of too many generals to his Cabinet “discriminating.”
“I know that some of your colleagues, Democrats, have expressed concern about too many retired generals being in the Trump Cabinet,” CNN host Jake Tapper said on Thursday. “Do you share their concerns or disagree?”
“I don’t share their concerns. As a veteran and as someone still serving in the Hawaii National Guard, I found it pretty offensive for people to outright discriminate against veterans,” Gabbard, a veteran of the Iraq War and member of the House Armed Services Committee, bluntly responded.
“You have generals who have literally spent their whole lives serving our country, putting service before self, putting their lives on the line to defend democracy. And yet people are criticizing them and discriminating against them,” she added.
The president-elect has nominated retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as secretary of defense, and retired Marine Gen. John Kelly to serve as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Both men are four-star generals. Trump also chose retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn as his national security adviser.
“These people, arguably, have put far more on the line and are far more deeply personally committed to upholding and protecting our democracy than their critics,” Gabbard said.
Gabbard resigned as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee during the Democratic primary so she could support Sen. Bernie Sanders’ run for the nomination.
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