A Democratic member of the House of Representatives from Hawaii said on MSNBC’s “Hard Ball” with Chris Matthews Wednesday that she is thinking of joining what looks to be a crowded field of potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
“I’m seriously considering [it],” Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said when asked is she was planning a White House bid. “I’m thinking through it very carefully.”
Gabbard added that she was “concerned about the direction of our country.”
The Hawaiian House Rep served in a field medical unit in a combat zone in Iraq as a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard from 2004 to 2005.
Gabbard joins a long list of Democrats who are rumored to be 2020 candidates. Wednesday morning, former Obama administration Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro formed an exploratory committee, the first formal step towards running for president. Castro was also the mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014.
Others rumored to be in the mix are former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and failed U.S. Senate candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, a State Representative from Texas. Those three have topped very early polls among Democratic voters. O’Rourke met with former president Barack H. Obama in November.
Other rumored candidates include Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and the ever-pervasive Hillary R. Clinton.
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Elizabeth Warren SLAMS Bernie’s Bros: “A Foundation of Hate”
Warren’s alliance with the democratic socialist is shattered.
Elizabeth Warren spoke in condemning terms about some of Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders’ supporters when speaking to NBC News on Tuesday, calling out some Sanders supporters for operating with a “foundation of hate.”
Sanders’ competitors and liberal mainstream media outlets have increasingly tried to tar his supporters in an effort to blunt the candidacy of the democratic socialist, as he appears well-positioned to take the nomination.
Warren’s previously warm relationship with the Vermont democratic socialist turned sour last month, when the Massachusetts Senator claimed Bernie told her a woman couldn’t be President. Sanders denied the accusation, and Warren went on to accuse him of calling her a liar on a live debate stage.
Warren accused Sanders supporters of organizing a harassment campaign against members of a Nevada culinary union that declined to support him.
“I am particularly worried about what happened in the attacks on members of the culinary union, particularly on the women in leadership. That is not how we build an inclusive Democratic Party. … We do not build on a foundation of hate.”
Warren’s line of attack is quite similar to neoliberal Democrats running implicit ‘Never Bernie’ campaigns. Authoritarian oligarch Michael Bloomberg has released ads claiming that Sanders’ movement represents a toxic mob.
Warren claims Sanders supporters are “publishing their personal addresses, their phone numbers, and then making very aggressive threats against their own safety and the safety of their families.”
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) February 17, 2020
Joe Biden also condemned what he interprets as online hate from Sanders supporters, telling mainstream media flack Chuck Todd that the Vermont Senator bears “accountability.” Sanders himself seems skeptical of the narrative, asking who his supposedly malicious supporters are when pressed on the issue.
Heated rhetoric from online leftists now seems to be a front and center issue within the Democratic primary. It’s a bit less clear if the supposed online mobs are really harassing people, or if Sanders’ critics want a free pass from criticism.
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