Tulsi Gabbard Threatens Boycott of Next Democratic Debate Over ‘Rigging’
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is threatening to boycott next week’s Democratic Party debate because she feels her party’s establishment is “rigging” the proceedings against anti-establishment candidates such as herself.
“The 2016 Democratic Primary election was rigged by the DNC and their partners in the corporate media against Bernie Sanders,” Gabbard said in a statement.
“In this 2020 election, the DNC and corporate media are rigging the election again, but this time against the American people in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada,” she added.
Gabbard did not qualify for the September debate, but has qualified for the debate that is scheduled later this month. She broke the necessary threshold of 130,000 donors and two percent in at least four polls needed to participate.
However, in November, they are upping those thresholds to 165,000 donors and three percent support in four polls. This would likely exclude Gabbard and other marginal contenders, and she believes this is an attack on freedom of choice by the Democratic Party machine that wants to control the process.
“They are attempting to replace the roles of voters in the early states, using polling and other arbitrary methods which are not transparent or democratic, and holding so-called debates which are not debates at all but rather commercialized reality television meant to entertain, not inform or enlighten,” Gabbard said. “In short, the DNC and corporate media are trying to hijack the entire election process.”
Fellow non-traditional Democratic Party presidential candidate, Marianne Williamson, echoed Gabbart’s sentiments on Twitter.
I have great respect for Tulsi for saying such inconvenient truth. She is absolutely correct. https://t.co/HDRV5avPMO
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) October 10, 2019
Gabbard is perhaps the only Democratic Party candidate with the courage to take on the corporate establishment. She is also suing Google, accusing the Big Tech giant of censoring her following a strong presidential debate performance earlier this year:
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) launched a lawsuit against Google, one of the largest and most egregious big tech companies, for allegedly censoring her campaign since its inception using the same tools the company uses to systematically censor conservatives.
According to Gabbard’s legal team, Google has been instrumental in the censorship of her fledgling campaign. Gabbard, the only anti-war, anti-interventionism candidate running in the Democrat Party, claims Google has systematically worked against her campaign since its launch.
Her lawsuit, available online, maintains that “Since at least June 2019, Google has used its control over online political speech to silence Tulsi Gabbard, a candidate millions of Americans want to hear from.” The lawsuit goes on, “With this lawsuit, Tulsi seeks to stop Google from further intermeddling in the 2020 United States Presidential Election”
Gabbard is proving to be an interesting spoiler candidate in a Democratic Party field obsessed with opposing President Donald Trump’s every move and little else.