By: Justin Holden
Tulsi Gabbard has served as U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district since 2013. She’s a Democrat and U.S. military veteran that is currently serving on the House Armed Services Committee. On January 11th of 2019, Tulsi Gabbard announced that she would be seeking the Democratic nomination for President in the upcoming 2020 election. While Tulsi Gabbard may seem like a relative unknown to many people who don’t follow politics closely, she has some appeal to the left-wing voter base of the Democratic Party thanks to her progressive voting record and being one of the few elected politicians to support Bernie Sanders early on in the 2016 Democratic primary.
Tulsi Gabbard has been the target of recent criticism for anti-LGBTQ views that she held in the past. However, Tulsi Gabbard’s voting record in congress has been objectively pro-LGBTQ, so she seems to have evolved on the issue of gay marriage and other LGBTQ rights issues. There have also been questions raised from the left as to her position on the U.S. government using torture to gain intelligence.
Tulsi Gabbard has received additional criticism, particularly from the corporate media and Washington establishment, for her foreign policy views. Tulsi Gabbard is anti-war, anti-regime change, and generally speaking critical of the status quo interventionist approach that the United States has been taking to foreign policy decisions for many years now.
Tulsi Gabbard met with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in 2017, and she’s against removing him from power. Tulsi Gabbard has stated that you must meet with leaders all around the world, regardless of their background, in order to achieve peace. However, she’s been hammered by the corporate media and Washington establishment for meeting with Assad in a similar fashion to the way President Trump was criticized for meeting with brutal dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong Un.
Tulsi Gabbard’s Key Policy Positions
- Proposed the use of paper ballots during elections as a potential solution to mitigate risk of foreign interference in U.S. elections
- Supports “Medicare For All” single-payer healthcare system
- Advocates for raising the federal minimum wage
- Supports removal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan
- Supports raising taxes on the rich
- Supports decriminalization of marijuana on a federal level
While there is currently limited information on this candidate’s official presidential campaign website, you may want to check back periodically as the 2020 race rages on. Tulsi’s entrance to the 2020 presidential race further crowds the field for the Democratic primary, while figuring to give the left-wing voter base another progressive candidate option.