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Tulsi Gabbard: This Is Why I Left The Democratic Party

 

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr

On Friday, former Congresswoman and ex-Democrat Tulsi Gabbard campaigned for Georgia Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker.


Former congresswoman and Democrat Tulsi Gabbard campaigned in Georgia on Friday for Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker.

Gabbard, who left the Democratic Party in October, slammed the left and urged voters to protect freedom by voting for the GOP. The former Hawaii representative has been storming the country campaigning for Republicans, including Kristi Noem in South Dakota, Tudor Dixon in Michigan, and Adam Laxalt in Nevada.

Gabard ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 and has served as the vice chair of the DNC. Her switch to supporting Republicans has caused major ripples in the political landscape.

Addressing the crowd in Georgia, Tulsi Gabbard said:

When you look at the party that's in charge today in Washington, the Democrat Party, which I just left a few weeks ago,

I left because I am a proud American and someone who loves this country deeply. As someone who has taken an oath both as a soldier when I enlisted in 2003 and as a member of Congress elected in 2012, I took an oath and made a promise to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

I've deployed to war zones three times in my time in service, and I'm proud to continue to serve today in the reserves. But we, as Americans, are right now facing a threat to our freedoms. And that threat is not coming from another country; that threat is coming from leaders who are abusing their power to serve their own selfish interests, seeking to take away our freedoms.

How dangerous is it that we have leaders in power in the White House and in Congress who are trying to silence, smear, and censor those who disagree with them?

Those in positions of power are weaponizing our own public institutions like the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services. You go down the list of these federal agencies that are supposed to protect our freedom, that are supposed to protect our children, to protect the most vulnerable amongst us, and they are being weaponized against us.

to go after their political opponents, to go after parents who are going to the board of education and saying, "Hey, I'm concerned about what you're teaching my kid in school," only to be told by the government, "No, you don't get a say, you don't have a right to say how your child is educated in public schools."

Even worse, you should call the domestic terror unit against these parents, who say you are a threat. The threat is coming from those who are abusing their power, and so as much as you'll hear from famous people now telling you how bad of a guy Herschel Walker is, they are using these smear tactics because they cannot stand on principle.

They refuse to debate the issues and resort to name-calling and smear tactics, hoping that they can distract you from paying attention to the harm that they are causing to this country.

We are not distracted, and we will not allow them to distract us. They are more powerful when they put us as Americans against each other, and that's why I'm here today to ask you to share with others to remind us who we really are, that even as we may agree or disagree on certain issues, now is the time, if we care about this country that we love, that we have to stand together as Americans and not allow them to take our freedoms away.

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