Tulsi Gabbard has been having a rough go of it in the 2020 primary, and the Hawaii Congresswoman isn’t going to take it lying down.
Earlier in the race, Gabbard was attacked by Democratic diva Hillary Clinton with a familiar refrain: Clinton accused Tulsi of being a “Russian asset” who was being “groomed” to spoil the election for the Democrats. Of course, it must be noted that Clinton attempted to employ a similar smear against Donald Trump back in 2016, at least in terms of the Russian involvement, and we all know how that ended.
Gabbard fought back against Clinton, issuing a still-pending, $50 million defamation lawsuit against the former Secretary of State.
Now the Congresswoman is responding sternly after being shut out of an upcoming CNN Democratic debate, proving that Gabbard has spunk – if nothing else.
Last week, CNN announced its lineups for a two-night town hall event set in New Hampshire on Wednesday and Thursday. The event is set to feature eight Democrat candidates: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; businessman Andrew Yang and billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer on the first night, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and former Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass., on the second night.
Gabbard was noticeably missing from CNN’s roster despite her outpolling Patrick in the national polls and outpolling Patrick, Steyer and Yang in New Hampshire. Her campaign is now set to hold a demonstration outside the New Hampshire venue where the CNN town halls will take place, in response to not being invited.
“This attempt to silence Tulsi is bigger than one person — it’s our right as voters to hear from ALL the candidates, and to have our voices represented. No institution should be allowed to get away with censoring democracy: That’s why we’re standing up to CNN on Wednesday, February 5th, demanding that our voices be heard,” the Gabbard campaign said.
Tulsi is currently polling at 1.8% nationally, according to Real Clear Politics.
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