Donald Trump is reaching across party lines and met with a Democrat Super Delegate from Hawaii who supported Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton earlier this year, Tulsi Gabbard.
Representative Tulsi Gabbard is a Democrat for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district. Gabbard was also a Super Delegate for the DNC this year and elected to support Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton. Last month, according to a batch of Wikileaks emails from the John Podesta leak, Democratic donors and DNC members emailed Tulsi Gabbard to say that they were no longer going to fund her campaign, stating “We no longer trust your judgment so will not be raising money for your campaign“.
Although Gabbard is a Democrat, many of her beliefs actually better align with Trump’s than with the party, which is one of the reasons she chose to support Sanders over Clinton in the first place. She was against the TPP, believing it did not serve the best interests of the people or our economy. In fact, only days ago she celebrated on Twitter that the TPP was dead, which is largely due to Donald Trump’s victory in the election.
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) November 19, 2016
Tulsi Gabbard is also a vocal critic of American military intervention in Syria, believing it will only lead to more causalities, and shared with Trump her “grave concerns that escalating the war in Syria by implementing a so-called no fly/safe zone would be disastrous for the Syrian people, our country, and the world”. Gabbard worries that the “drumbeats of war that neocons have been beating” would push our country into escalating the war in Syria and cause chaos by displacing the elected government currently in power.
It’s starting to sound like Tulsi Gabbard has much more in common with Donald Trump than most people may know, and this would explain the initiative to meet with her.
Whether Gabbard will hold an official position in Trump’s administration has yet to be seen, but considering their agreement on several key issues, I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if she has a role to play going forward. Considering her own party “punished” her for daring to support Sanders over Clinton during the primaries, perhaps it’s time for her to move on to more respectful and trustworthy allies.
Here is the full statement by Tulsi Gabbard regarding this morning’s meeting with President-elect Donald Trump:
“President-elect Trump asked me to meet with him about our current policies regarding Syria, our fight against terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, as well as other foreign policy challenges we face. I felt it important to take the opportunity to meet with the President-elect now before the drumbeats of war that neocons have been beating drag us into an escalation of the war to overthrow the Syrian government—a war which has already cost hundreds of thousands of lives and forced millions of refugees to flee their homes in search of safety for themselves and their families.”
“While the rules of political expediency would say I should have refused to meet with President-elect Trump, I never have and never will play politics with American and Syrian lives.”
“Serving the people of Hawaii and our nation is an honor and responsibility that I do not take lightly. Representing the aloha spirit and diversity of the people of Hawaii, I will continue to seek common ground to deliver results that best serve all Americans, as I have tried to do during my time in Congress.”
“Where I disagree with President-elect Trump on issues, I will not hesitate to express that disagreement. However, I believe we can disagree, even strongly, but still come together on issues that matter to the American people and affect their daily lives. We cannot allow continued divisiveness to destroy our country.”
“President-elect Trump and I had a frank and positive conversation in which we discussed a variety of foreign policy issues in depth. I shared with him my grave concerns that escalating the war in Syria by implementing a so-called no fly/safe zone would be disastrous for the Syrian people, our country, and the world. It would lead to more death and suffering, exacerbate the refugee crisis, strengthen ISIS and al-Qaeda, and bring us into a direct conflict with Russia which could result in a nuclear war. We discussed my bill to end our country’s illegal war to overthrow the Syrian government, and the need to focus our precious resources on rebuilding our own country, and on defeating al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other terrorist groups who pose a threat to the American people.”
“For years, the issue of ending interventionist, regime change warfare has been one of my top priorities. This was the major reason I ran for Congress—I saw firsthand the cost of war, and the lives lost due to the interventionist warmongering policies our country has pursued for far too long.”
“Let me be clear, I will never allow partisanship to undermine our national security when the lives of countless people lay in the balance.”