While Democrat presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard won only one delegate on Super Tuesday, she earned enough media attention to last her a whole election cycle.
She accomplished this by, one, slamming fellow candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren for being a “fake indigenous woman of color,” and two, earning enough delegates to throw a huge wrench into the plans of the Democrat National Committee.
The first attention-drawing event occurred after Fox News contributor Karl Rove described fellow Democrat candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren as the “the only woman left [in the democrat primary] now that Amy Klobuchar is out.”
He made the remarks while speaking on FNC’s “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino.”
Watch, courtesy Gabbard:
.@DanaPerino I’m not quite sure why you’re telling FOX viewers that Elizabeth Warren is the last female candidate in the Dem primary. Is it because you believe a fake indigenous woman of color is “real” and the real indigenous woman of color in this race is fake? pic.twitter.com/VKCxy2JzFe
— Tulsi Gabbard ? (@TulsiGabbard) March 3, 2020
For some reason, she aimed her criticism at Perino. Her question was valid nevertheless because there are indeed two female candidates still in the running — Gabbard and Warren.
Furthermore, Warren does have a history of falsely portraying herself as an “indigenous woman of color, despite evidence that she’s a white woman.
The second attention-drawing event was Gabbard’s acquirement of one delegate. This matters because, as it stands, the DNC has reportedly been allowing candidates with at least one candidate to participate in the Democrat debates:
If Tulsi Gabbard gets a delegate out of American Samoa, as it appears she has done, she will likely qualify for the next Democratic debate. We don’t have new debate rules yet, but party has been inviting any candidate who gets a delegate.
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) March 4, 2020
And since Gabbard now boasts at least one candidate, she ought to be eligible for the 11th Democrat presidential debate scheduled for March 15th, right?
Not exactly. In response to her small but substantive victory Tuesday, members of the DNC have already begun plotting more rule changes to block her appearance:
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.
— Xochitl Hinojosa (@XochitlHinojosa) March 4, 2020
In response to the last-minute rules-change proposal, both supporters of Gabbard and even non-supporters who are simply tired of the Democrat establishment’s incessant games pounced.
The Democrats are writing their own eulogy. pic.twitter.com/h1q69xFrAH
— Constituent ? ⏳ (@808constituent) March 4, 2020
Another great idea is to tell all those young first time primary voters that the candidate with the most votes doesn’t win!
— Jim? #AlohaGang (@jmc22000) March 4, 2020
Last month, the DNC deliberately changed the rules to allow Mike Bloomberg on the debate stage.
— K. Rosef (@kayrosef) March 4, 2020
They haven’t release the March debate requirements because they want too see where Tulsi stands so they can adjust the rules ever so slightly specifically to screw Tulsi
— Destiny? (@Destiny925R) March 4, 2020
— Terrence McNulty ? (@TerrenceMcNulty) March 4, 2020
UnDemocratic and unaccountable.
2016 was the year the DNC cheated Bernie Sanders and 2020 you have been cheating @TulsiGabbard and her supporters. Instead you give Bloomberg a pass.
Orwell could not have created you in his wildest fantasy.
— Hector Rivera ? (@HRivera72964164) March 4, 2020
Granted, this outcome isn’t a surprise.
“This outcome surprised nobody, least of all Gabbard supporters,” non-establishment left-wing journalist Caitlin Johnstone wrote late Tuesday. “The blackout on the Tulsi 2020 campaign has reached such extreme heights this year that you now routinely see pundits saying things like there are no more people of color in the race, or that Elizabeth Warren is the only woman remaining in the primary.”
“They’re not just ignoring her, they’re actually erasing her. They’re weaving a whole alternative reality out of narrative in which she is literally, officially, no longer in the race.”
Democrat candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist who stands in strong opposition to the establishment, has been able to avoid this unwanted disappearing act thanks to the grassroots support he’s enjoyed thus far. After his relatively poor performance on Super Tuesday, however, he may now face the same.
Regarding narratives, the establishment has also been weaving false narratives of how both Gabbard and front-runner candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders are puppets of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
After dubious intelligence agency reports emerged late last month claiming that the Russians were rooting for Sanders, Gabbard clapped back by calling for all candidates in the race to stop heeding such unsubstantiated claims
“I am calling on all presidential candidates to stop playing these dangerous political games and immediately condemn any interference in our elections by out-of-control intelligence agencies,” she said.
“A ‘news article’ published last week in the Washington Post, which set off yet another manufactured media firestorm, alleges that the goal of Russia is to trick people into criticizing establishment Democrats. This is a laughably obvious ploy to stifle legitimate criticism and cast aspersions on Americans who are rightly skeptical of the powerful forces exerting control over the primary election process.”
“We are told the aim of Russia is to ‘sow division,’ but the aim of corporate media and self-serving politicians pushing this narrative is clearly to sow division of their own—by generating baseless suspicion against the Sanders campaign. It’s extremely disingenuous for ‘journalists’ and rival candidates to publicize a news article that merely asserts, without presenting any evidence, that Russia is ‘helping’ Bernie Sanders—but provides no information as to what that ‘help’ allegedly consists of.”
“Reckless claims by anonymous officials that Russia is ‘helping’ @BernieSanders are deeply irresponsible. I am calling on all presidential candidates to condemn any interference in our elections by out-of-control intelligence agencies.” Read more: https://t.co/Qkvp61O463
— Tulsi Gabbard ? (@TulsiGabbard) February 28, 2020
For this statement, she was slammed by the establishment, predictably enough …
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