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Tulsi blackout continues: DNC says debate threshold will go up after Gabbard already reached it

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, won one delegate in the American Samoa primary on Super Tuesday in her quest to be president, yet the candidate may be excluded from the next Democratic primary debate.

This coming after Gabbard met the standard established by the Democratic National Committee for the three previous debates, as the body upped the ante after Tuesday’s elections.

DNC communications director Xochitl Hinojosa tweeted Tuesday night that they are increasing the threshold going forward.

“We have two more debates — of course the threshold will go up. By the time we have the March debate, almost 2,000 delegates will be allocated. The threshold will reflect where we are in the race, as it always has,” she tweeted.

Candidates who had at least one pledged delegate automatically qualified for the three debates that took place in New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, according to Fox News.

Hinojosa did not elaborate on what the new requirements will be, but Fox News said that if Gabbard doesn’t gain additional delegates in next week’s primaries, she could be left out of the March 15 debate in Arizona.

It cannot be lost in the mix that Gabbard has a history of tensions with the DNC, as she clashed with then-chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the Democratic presidential debate schedule.

Gabbard resigned as vice-chair that year to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders in his White House bid, and later called for a complete overhaul of the DNC over revelations that it had rigged the 2016 election for Hillary Clinton.

“The DNC secretly chose their nominee over a year before the primary elections even occurred, she said in a Nov. 2017 video. “This shines a light on how deeply broken our campaign finance laws are, and how they’ve weakened individual candidates while strengthening and empowering political parties and special interests.

The Democrat went on to say that the laws “allowed the Clinton campaign to bypass individual campaign contribution limits by funneling millions of dollars through the DNC and state parties — taking control of the DNC in the process.”

A combat veteran who served two tours in Iraq, Gabbard has shown a willingness to stand up to and call out the political class on the left, as embodied by Hillary Clinton. She also clashed hard with Sen. Kamala Harris in one of the early debates, taking on the California Democrat over her record on criminal justice.

Staying true to her nature, Gabbard trashed fellow 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., online Tuesday, calling her a “fake indigenous woman of color.”

Libertarian John Stossel took to Twitter to ask what it is that the Democratic Party doesn’t like about Gabbard.

“Yesterday @TulsiGabbard won one delegate. By DNC rules, that gets her into the next two debates…So the DNC changed the rules! They don’t like her opposition to the War on Drugs? To our soldiers in the Middle East?” he tweeted.

Tom Tillison

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