Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, answers questions during a presidential forum held by She The People on the Texas State University campus Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
On Saturday, in Hudson, New Hampshire, 2020 Democratic hopeful Tulsi Gabbard waxed on the effect of impeachment on Donald J. Trump.
Its impact: emboldenment.
As you may remember, Tulsi didn’t vote during the House’s impeachment ballot-casting.
For that renegade act, she provided an explanation that was, honestly, a breath of fresh air in the pasture of politics:
My ‘present’ vote was an active protest against the zero-sum game the two opposing political sides have trapped America in. My vote and campaign is about freeing our country from this damaging mindset so we can work side-by-side to usher in a bright future for all #StandWithTulsi pic.twitter.com/nmhEL5bi4Q
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) December 19, 2019
Trump much appreciated it:
“[Democrats] lost all credibility because we know that Tulsi Gabbard – and I give her respect – she didn’t vote the other day. I give her a lot of respect. Because she knew it was wrong, she took a pass.”
During a campaign Q&A in NH, a guy in the audience posed the following:
“If there was incontrovertible evidence of a high crime or misdemeanor, would you have voted ‘Yes’ on those articles of impeachment?”
Her reply: Yeah.
The Hawaii representative laid out her particular issues with Impeachment Mania:
“This is part of the problem, though, is that throughout this process, it was and continues to be extremely partisan. And this is something that the Founders warned against in the Federalist Papers…they feared that the process would result in a conclusion that was based on the strength of one party over another, rather than an objective assessment of innocence or guilt, and that such an outcome would only further divide our country.”
“Objective” certainly doesn’t seem to describe the Democratic Party’s vigorous drive to the hoop.
They seemed to have been jonesin’ for the move since November of 2016.
Tusli voted “Present” to, in her words, “take a stand for our country.”
But don’t get her wrong — she’s fully anti-Trump. And, as noted by The Daily Wire, she believes he’s gotta get trounced next year ’cause of “his multiple wrongdoings.”
In fact, she’s proposed a “censure resolution” charging the Commander-in-Chief with engaging in “unconstitutional” activities” such as “dropping bombs in another country without congressional approval.”
The audience member also asked — does she really not think there’s undeniable evidence in the dang impeachment case?
“I’m saying that the process was flawed. The entire process was flawed, which is why I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no. Trump has committed many acts of wrongdoing that I believe have made our country less safe and [that do] not serve the interests of the American people – it’s why I’m so committed to defeating him, and working to earn the support of Americans across the country, so that we can remove him from office in November of 2020.”
So what’s the bottom line? How’s the “I” word gonna impact the Leader of the Free World?
To Tulsi, it’s a whole lot of this:
“I do not want to see Donald Trump further emboldened and strengthened as he will be, as the Senate will exonerate Trump. They will proclaim his innocence, and he’ll then take that message across the country. And unfortunately, we’re likely to see his support grow as a result of that.”
She’s right again.
In my estimation, of all the candidates trying to take out Trump in November, Tulsi’s unquestionably spoken the most things that have made solid sense.
Therefore, it’s a no-brainer that it’d put her in the top spot for the Democratic nomination.
Tulsi Gabbard becomes most disliked Democratic primary candidate after voting "present" on Trump's impeachment, poll shows https://t.co/RrQdjYtjcn
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) December 24, 2019
A pasture, indeed.
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