Rep. Tulsi Gabbard continues to stand apart from her 2020 Democratic presidential rivals, signaling the “danger” of condoning today’s cancel culture in a new video she shared.
The Hawaii Democrat called for a focus on protecting free speech, no matter what the political viewpoint is of the source, as she spoke to a crowd of supporters in a video posted to her YouTube account.
(Video: YouTube/Tulsi Gabbard)
Gabbard noted her current lawsuit against Google, as she is suing the tech giant for $50 million following its block of her campaign from purchasing advertising after the first Democrat debate in June when she was the most searched candidate online.
“It’s not just for what they did to my campaign but it’s because of what we’re seeing growing in an alarming trend where these big tech monopolies are directly infringing on our public discourse and, really, in our fair elections,” she said in the video posted on Sunday.
“If they can do that to a sitting member of Congress, running for the highest office in the land, they can do that to anyone…or any person who is speaking with a voice that they may disagree with,” she continued.
Google suspended Gabbard’s campaign’s advertising account for a few hours following the June debate just as she was trending in searches.
“Google’s arbitrary and capricious treatment of Gabbard’s campaign should raise concerns for policymakers everywhere about the company’s ability to use its dominance to impact political discourse, in a way that interferes with the upcoming 2020 presidential election,” the lawsuit, filed in a Los Angeles federal court in July, stated.
The 2020 contender admitted that she was “intrigued” by responses to her lawsuit, including by some “progressive voices” who allegedly dismissed her cause as one to “grab headlines.” She also noted that conservatives have praised her effort to defend freedom of speech.
“Why the disparity here?’ she asked the crowd which broke out in applause.
“We as a country cannot afford to only stand up and fight for our freedoms when we are the targets; but when someone else is the target we turn our backs and walk away,” she said.
“This is a danger for all of us,” Gabbard continued, putting members of her own party on notice.
“Can you imagine if Google’s CEO was a conservative Republican who was shutting down Democrat voices that they disagreed with? Can you imagine how up in arms progressives would be if it were their voices being shut down?” Gabbard asked.
“We can disagree with each other, but I will tell you as a soldier that I’m willing to lay my life down to protect the rights and freedoms of every person in this country to speak their voice and make sure that voice is heard.”
The military combat veteran, who has qualified to participate in October’s Democratic debate, has veered from her Democratic colleagues’ narrative on other occasions such as he vocal criticism of their support of open borders and her stand against abortion during the third trimester.
On Tuesday, she added another issue to her growing collection of differences with Democrats as she declared she would not be in favor of any impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
(Video: Fox News)
“I believe that impeachment at this juncture would be terribly divisive for the country at a time when we are already extremely divided,” she told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday. “The hyperpartisanship is one of the main things driving our country apart.”
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