Former congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said she left the Democratic Party to reject its culture of fear created by party elites.
Gabbard, a former candidate to become the Democratic nominee for president, announced Tuesday her Democratic divorce in a video posted to social media.
She spoke in more detail about the reasons behind leaving her former party in a Tuesday interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
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“I’ve always been an independent-minded person,” Gabbard told “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” A Democrat, yes, but an independent Democrat. And my loyalties are very clear: I love our country. And I took an oath both as a service member, as a soldier, as well as a member of Congress, to support and defend the Constitution. And that’s an oath that I take extremely seriously.”
“And so when you look at this party, the today’s Democratic Party, it’s controlled by fanatical ideologues who hate freedom. They despise the Constitution. They actively find ways to undermine our God given rights enshrined in the Constitution, like freedom of speech, if you say something and I say something that they don’t like.”
In a nearly 30-minute video posted to her YouTube account Tuesday, Gabbard, a former presidential candidate, announced she was leaving the Democratic Party. The U.S. Army National Guard officer accused the Democratic Party of “racializing” every issue while stoking anti-White racism and derogatory sentiment.
Gabbard had long been previously attacked by leading Democrats like Hillary Clinton, who accused her of being a Russian apparatchik, and said she decided it was time to break with a group now controlled “by an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness.”
This wokeness has helped create a world where Americans are afraid to speak their mind and fear real repercussions for having unpopular beliefs, Gabbard said.
“[T]he whole environment of fear that those in power, these elitists in power, have fomented to where people are afraid to speak the truth,” she told “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “They’re afraid to exercise their right to free speech because, hey, you might lose your job, you might be canceled, you might be trashed. And God forbid, in Washington, you might not be invited to the cool kids parties.”
“[W]hat it comes down to is rather than taking a stand for peace, for prosperity, security and freedom of the American people, we have too many people in Washington who are warmongers subservient to the military industrial complex and continuing to put their own selfish interests or the interests of their donors first with no mind for the costs and consequence that their decisions have on the American people,” she added.
Gabbard said contemporary liberals are not the same as their 20th century brethren, in that they do not believe in “live and let live” but instead want to destroy anyone who disagrees with them through silencing, slander, intimidation or worse.
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