After Sen. Kamala Harris acted stupidly this week with her formal letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey demanding President Trump be suspended from the social media platform, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was asked about the move. The Hawaii Congresswoman pushed back with a strong answer about how trying to silence people over political disagreements is wrong.
The Hill reports:
When Gabbard was asked by a reporter her thoughts on Harris’s attempts to have Trump removed from Twitter, the Hawaii representative said she did not agree with the idea.
She added that “freedom of speech is something that is an important, foundational, right in our democracy.”
“We can’t just cancel or shut down or silence those who we disagree with or who hold different views or who say things that even that we strongly disagree with or abhor,” she told NBC.
Watch Gabbard speak on this issue below:
Followed up w/ @TulsiGabbard re: Harris letter asking @jack to suspend Trump's Twitter for targeted harassment of whistleblower. Says she has to read it but "it's important we respect & understand what freedom of speech means & we don't continue to perpetuate this cancel culture" https://t.co/tSOzruxB3G
— Julia Jester (@JulesJester) October 2, 2019
Harris campaign spokesman Ian Sams responded to Gabbard’s remarks by stating that Gabbard got her talking points from Fox News:
— Ian Sams (@IanSams) October 2, 2019
It was a ridiculous answer considering this issue is not about Fox News but whether or not “cancel culture” should apply to your political opponents simply because you disagree with them, as NRSC senior adviser Matt Whitlock pointed out in a tweet blasting Sams:
Imagine pretending that it was just Fox News saying that Harris's censorship idea was anti free speech.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) October 2, 2019
Sams’ tweet came several hours after Gabbard’s spokesman Cullen Tiernan took a jab at the Harris campaign over reports it is being restructured in an attempt to become competitive again:
Aloha 🌺🙏🏼🇺🇸 https://t.co/1SXGeyyjcc
— Cullen Tiernan 🇺🇸 (@CullenYossarian) October 2, 2019
The debate that is scheduled to take place in two weeks will be on one night only, meaning all candidates will be on the same stage. Gabbard famously torched Harris in the 2nd debate in July. I’m looking forward to Round 2 between these two.
And to be honest, I’m kinda sorta hoping for a similar outcome.
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