The former United States Representative from Hawaii and Presidental candidate in 2020, Tulsi Gabbard had publicly decided to leave the Democratic party.
While Gabbard has not stated that she intends on joining the Republican party, she appears to have shifted right-wing in recent years. Even while running for President in 2020, she was the most right-leaning candidate the Democrats had. Gabbard has guest starred for Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, and has been a frequent guest on his show, she has also been a guest on other right-wing shows in the past, including sitting down with The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro. In 2022, Gabbard was a featured speaker at Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Gabbard’s latest stances on abortion and transgender issues are the largest indicator that she has had a right-wing shift. She has endorsed Florida’s Parental Rights Bill, which bans education about sexual orientation and gender identity to children between kindergarten through third grade, and she’s gone on record believing the bill should be applicable to all grades, not just primary school students.
Tulsi Gabbard’s decision to leave the “elitist cabal” Democrats could be due to multiple reasons. The poor treatment by the media during Gabbards 2020 Presidental run could be a factor. In 2019, Hillary Clinton, with seemingly no evidence, fell back on her tired accusation of calling other politicians “Russian assets”, and in the case of Gabbard, Clinton called her a “favorite of the Russians”, and said the Russians are “grooming” Tulsi – and the majority of the media chose to air Clinton’s quote without substantial evidence. Tulsi has since decided to sue Hillary Clinton for $50 million as a result of these accusations.
Gabbard retired in 2021 from the United States House of Representatives, decided to post a video on YouTube, as well as a video on Twitter following her decision to leave the Democratic Party.
In the video on Twitter, which is only 1:19 compared to the nearly 30-minute YouTube video, Gabbard said, “I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue & stoke anti-white racism,”
I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue & stoke anti-white racism, actively work to undermine our God-given freedoms, are… pic.twitter.com/oAuTnxZldf
— Tulsi Gabbard :hibiscus: (@TulsiGabbard) October 11, 2022
As the former Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), she would eventually resign from her position to enforce Bernie Sanders during his 2016 Presidental run. In 2020, after running for President herself, she would go on to endorse Joe Biden 2020. Gabbard has since flipped on Joe Biden, and now, Gabbard has flipped on the Democratic party as a whole.
Tulsi Gabbard served as a United States Army Reserve officer before running for Hawaii House of Representatives in 2002, at the age of just 21 years old. She would go on to become the first Samoan-American voting member of Congress, as well as the first Hindu member of Congress.
Gabbard has served in the United States Army Reserve, field medical unit of the Hawaii Army Nation Guard, and as an Army Military Police platoon leader.