Tulsi Gabbard refuses to let up on her attacks on Democrat Party leadership and Hillary Clinton. At Wednesday night’s MSNBC/Washington Post presidential debate, the Hawaii congresswoman called for an end to America’s current foreign policy and identified her own party and Clinton as part of the problem.
“Our Democratic Party, unfortunately, is not the party that is of, by and for the people,” Gabbard said when speaking about foreign policy and her tussles with top Democrats, which includes Hillary Clinton accusing her of working with Russia.
“It is a party that has been and continues to be influenced by the foreign policy establishment in Washington represented by Hillary Clinton and others’ foreign policy, by the military-industrial complex and other greedy corporate interests,” Gabbard, a veteran who currently serves in the National Guard, added.
She then called for an end to the “ongoing Bush-Clinton-Trump foreign policy doctrine of regime change wars.”
“These are wars that have cost us as American taxpayers trillions of dollars since 9/11 alone,” she said. “Dollars that have come out of our pockets, out of our hospitals, out of our schools, out of our infrastructure needs. As president, I will end this foreign policy, end these regime changes and work to end this new Cold War and arms race and instead invest our hard-earned taxpayer dollars actually into serving the needs of the American people right here at home.”
While it’s good to see Gabbard continuing to take on the Democrat Party from the inside and bring her experience as a veteran to the forefront, it’s strange to see Trump’s name next to that of Bush and Clinton when it comes to foreign policy. The president made clear when he first started running for president that he was not a fan of regime change wars or the endless efforts in the Middle East. Compared to Hillary Clinton, Trump was the realist who identified the economic and human toll America has paid and is paying by attempting to police the world.
Gabbard may actually find herself in agreement with him on foreign policy more than she thinks. After all, his distrust of establishment foreign policy is what led to troops being pulled out of Syria and to the president actually sitting down and talking with North Korea.
Not surprisingly, Gabbard was basically iced out of the debate. She was given almost no time to speak, while folks such as Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden were given plenty of time to blather on and on — and they maybe should have let Biden speak a little less in hindsight.
A breakdown of the time candidates had to speak — which Gabbard posted to her Twitter account — showed the congresswoman was given significantly less time behind the microphone than every other candidate except Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang.
Check out the breakdown below:
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) November 21, 2019
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