Tulsi Gabbard may not be present at the next Democratic presidential debate. The Hawaii congresswoman has accused the Democrat Party of “rigging” the primary system in favor of more mainstream candidates.
“The 2016 Democratic Primary election was rigged by the DNC and their partners in the corporate media against Bernie Sanders,” Gabbard said in a video announcement, referring to accusations that the Democrat Party worked hard-in-hand Hillary Clinton the party nomination in 2016.
“In this 2020 election, the DNC and corporate media are rigging the election again, but this time against the American people in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada,” Gabbard added.
Gabbard already missed out on the last debate because she did not meet the requirements set. A total of 12 candidates have qualified for the upcoming debate. The requirement is to have 130,000 unique donors and to be polling at two percent in four approved polls. Gabbard has qualified for the October debate, but she has yet to meet the threshold for November’s debate, which requires 165,000 unique donors and for a candidate to reach three percent in approved polls.
I am seriously considering boycotting October 15 debate to bring attention to DNC/corporate media’s effort to rig 2020 primary. Not against Bernie this time, but against voters in early states Iowa, New Hampshire, South… –> https://t.co/x5P3GFGbyn pic.twitter.com/UgKCj6DGI0
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) October 10, 2019
“They are attempting to replace the roles of voters in the early states, using polling and other arbitrary methods which are not transparent or democratic, and holding so-called debates which are not debates at all but rather commercialized reality television meant to entertain, not inform or enlighten,” Gabbard said. “In short, the DNC and corporate media are trying to hijack the entire election process.”
“There are so many of you who I’ve met in Iowa and New Hampshire who have expressed to me how frustrated you are that the DNC and corporate media are essentially trying to usurp your role as voters in choosing who our Democratic nominee will be,” Gabbard continued, referring to her campaign’s current focus on grassroots engagement in early primary states.
Source: Fox News
Gabbard spoke to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in August about her displeasure with the process, which she believes favors establishment candidates.
“It creates a lack of faith and trust in the process,” she said. “… Really what [the voters] see is a small group of really powerful political elites, the establishment making decisions that serve their interests and maintaining that power while the rest of us are left outside. The American people are left behind.”
Despite polling near the bottom of a packed field, Gabbard has managed to stand out from the rest of the Democrat 2020 hopefuls, mainly thanks to her willingness to target rivals like Kamala Harris and their questionable records. The military veteran was the most-Googled candidate following her participation in the first and second Democratic debates.
Gabbard says she will decide whether or not to boycott the upcoming debate over the next few days.
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