Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard says President Donald Trump should not be banned from Twitter, because he has the right to free speech just like every other American does.
Gabbard made the remarks in response to a question about whether she agrees with Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, who wants the president of the United States banned from Twitter because she thinks he’s mean.
“I think freedom of speech is something that is an important, foundational right in our democracy,” Congresswoman Gabbard told NBC News (video below). “We can’t just cancel, shut down, or silence those who we disagree with or who hold different views or who say things that we strongly disagree with.”
While Gabbard is a vocal Trump-hater who disagrees with much of what he says, she says censorship is not the answer.
“These freedoms and principles enshrined in our Constitution are things that we have to take very seriously,” Gabbard said. “I and so many others who wear the uniform of this country are willing to give our lives to protect and defend this freedom of speech — even for those who are saying things that we disagree with.”
(Source: Julia Jester/Twitter)
On October 1, Kamala Harris sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, demanding he deplatform and silence the leader of the free world.
The irony of a presidential candidate — who’s running to defend the U.S. Constitution — urging a tech company to violate the Constitutional rights of a sitting American president is so thick you could cut it with a knife.
INBOX: Kamala Harris pens formal letter to Jack Dorsey asking him to kick Trump off Twitter, writing "these are blatant threats. We need a civil society, not a civil war. pic.twitter.com/zbC4dKUyEu
— Alex Thomas (@AlexThomasDC) October 2, 2019
Meanwhile, Tulsi Gabbard continues to remain a maverick who’s not afraid to break with her own party to defend her principles.
Notably, Gabbard opposes impeaching President Trump, saying the move would further divide the country. She also warned that the reckless strategy could backfire on Democrats.
Gabbard explained that while impeachment fever might be popular in the Washington, D.C. echo chamber, it’s not popular in mainstream America. Why? Because American voters are more concerned about putting food on their tables and living their lives.
“When you step outside of the bubble here in Washington and you get to where most folks in the country are…most people reading through that [Ukraine] transcript are not going to find that extremely compelling cause to throw out a president,” Gabbard said.
If anything, Gabbard says mainstream America will view impeachment as yet another lame stunt to undermine a duly-elected president.
“What I think most people will see is, ‘Hey, this is another move by Democrats to get rid of Donald Trump,’ further deepening the already hyperpartisan divides we have in this country,” Gabbard said.
Brad Parscale, the campaign manager for the Trump 2020 campaign, agrees. He says impeachment is “one of the first great political blunders of the 21st century.” Parscale explained at Real Clear Politics:
“If the groundswell of small-dollar donations flowing into the Trump campaign’s coffers offers any indication, the Democrats are going to pay a terrible price for indulging the demands of their radical base. The Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign raked in a $13 million haul within 36 hours of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s embarrassingly vague announcement of a “formal impeachment inquiry.
The sudden flood of donations to President Trump’s reelection effort provides undeniable evidence that this impeachment gambit represents a massive miscalculation. We know that this charade won’t result in Donald Trump leaving office, but it may well result in many Democrats leaving theirs.”
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