Tulsi Gabbard

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Tulsi Gabbard (/ˈtʌlsi ˈɡæbərd/; born 12 April 1981) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, she was a Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee until 28 February 2016, when she resigned to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Elected in 2012, she is the first Samoan American member and the first Hindu member of the United States Congress. On 11 January 2019, she openly announced her intention to seek the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2020.

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Aloha is deep love & respect for one another that transcends any differences. Aloha inspires us to take action — to serve, to care for, & protect others. Service before self.
Standing up for freedom of religion for all people is as critical now as it’s ever been — hatred and bigotry are casting a dark shadow over our political system and threatening the very fabric of our country.

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  • Will you stand for the humanity of the Yemeni people? Will you stand against Saudi Arabia’s genocidal war? Or will you continue to support this war that has caused 22 million Yemeni people to be in desperate need of humanitarian aid? To cause these 85,000 children to have died from starvation, to have caused the dropping of U.S.-made bombs on innocent civilians, killing tens of thousands of people. This is such an urgent action that must be taken by the United States Congress to assert its authority and end United States support for this genocidal war in Yemen.
  • Trump… Nikki Haley...Mike Pompeo... The people around John Bolton. These people are advocating for strengthening our economy, and if the only way they can do that is by building that economy based on building and selling weapons to countries that are using them to slaughter and murder innocent people, then we need new leaders in this country. The American people deserve better than that.
    • As quoted in "Will the New Congress End U.S. Allegiance to Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen?", interview by Sharmini Peries, in The Real News (6 January 2019)
  • When I deployed to Iraq with my fellow soldiers, putting our lives on the line for our country, no one questioned our patriotism because of our religion. No one asked whether we could be trusted because we were Jewish, Catholic, Muslim or atheist. We all took an oath to serve our country and defend the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution.
    My military service has shaped who I am today. While in the Middle East, I saw how quickly religious sectarianism and bigotry can lead to the disintegration of a country — how leaders manipulate people to fear others who are different, who look different or who have different beliefs.
    I also experienced how we as people of the world have more in common than we think. Beneath our various beliefs and appearances is our common humanity. This commitment to equality and justice for all is the ideal that our country was founded upon and that we continue to aspire to as people. We cannot be complacent and must vigilantly affirm this again and again, as bigotry and hatred have an insidious way of seeping into our society.
  • Our country was established on the basis of freedom of religion, and the Constitution states there would never be any religious test for any public office. It is a freedom enshrined in our Constitution, and that every member of Congress takes an oath to protect — a freedom that many heroes have given their lives to defend. Nothing is more important to our democracy than this freedom.
    • "Tulsi Gabbard: Religious bigotry is un-American", in Religious News Service (26 January 2019)
  • The fact that marijuana's still a Schedule I drug is unacceptable in the harm that it is causing to the people of our country and to taxpayers as well...The impact this has on individuals, potentially leading to criminal records that impact them, their families, their ability to get a job, housing, financial aid for college—the impacts of this are great...
  • I don't smoke marijuana. I never have... But I believe firmly in every person's freedom to make their own choices, and that people should not be thrown in jail and incarcerated or made into criminals for choosing to smoke marijuana whether it be for medicinal and non-medicinal purposes.
  • There's no question that this overall war on drugs has not only been a failure, it has created and exacerbated a number of other problems that continue to afflict people in this country...


  • We are in a situation today where we, here in the United States and the world, are at a greater risk of nuclear catastrophe than ever before in history.
  • My commitment in fighting to end these counterproductive regime change wars is based on these experiences and my understanding [of] the cost of war and who pays the price.
  • Yes, it is our service members. It is our troops. It is our military families. It is the people in these countries, where these wars are waged, whose suffering ends up far worse after we launch these regime change wars... The skepticism, and the questions that I raised, were very specific around incidents that the Trump administration was trying to use as an excuse to launch a U.S. military attack in Syria.
  • I served in a war in Iraq, a war that was launched based on lies and a war that was launched without evidence. And so the American people were duped... As a soldier, as an American, as a member of Congress, it is my duty and my responsibility to exercise skepticism any time anyone tries to send our service members into harm’s way or use our military to go in and start a new war.”


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  • Bad enough US has not been bombing al-Qaeda/al-Nusra in Syria. But it's mind-boggling that we protest Russia's bombing of these terrorists.

January 2019[edit]

  • Aloha is deep love & respect for one another that transcends any differences. Aloha inspires us to take action — to serve, to care for, & protect others. Service before self. On this New Years, share examples of aloha in your own life & how you share aloha with others #LiveAloha
  • Standing up for freedom of religion for all people is as critical now as it’s ever been — hatred and bigotry are casting a dark shadow over our political system and threatening the very fabric of our country.
  • While 800,000 Americans wait and work without pay, the administration bows to mortgage industry lobbyists. The blatant corruption and greed of an administration who puts banks above people is the root cause of our broken system.
  • The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela. Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don't want other countries to choose our leaders--so we have to stop trying to choose theirs.
  • It is in the spirit of compassion and respect for the freedom and dignity of all people that I’m offering to serve you as your President. Join me this Saturday for the official kickoff of our campaign.
  • Bolton just exposed real motive for intervention in Venezuela: "We're in conversation with major American companies now... It would make a difference if we could have American companies produce the oil in Venezuela. We both have a lot at stake here."
  • US support for Saudi Arabia’s genocidal war in Yemen must end. Over 85k children have died, tens of millions w/o food & water, creating worst humanitarian crisis in a generation — supported by the US and never authorized by Congress. This must end now.

February 2019[edit]

  • As commander-in-chief, I will work to end the new cold war, nuclear arms race and slide into nuclear war. That is why the neocon/neolib warmongers will do anything to stop me.
  • @ggreenwald exposes that @NBC used journalistic fraud to discredit our campaign. But more important is their motive: “to smear any adversary of the establishment wing of the Democratic Party – whether on the left or the right – as a stooge or asset of the Kremlin.”
  • Rosa Parks understood the power of a simple action to assert dignity & humanity in the face of a culture caught in the grip of individual & systemic racism. Today we remember her in all that she was - not only a symbol, but a leader who worked tirelessly for racial justice. #BH
  • Equal opportunity. That's #WhatWomenNeed from our workforce, military, and classrooms this Valentine's Day.
  • Trumps actions to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal makes it MORE likely they will restart their nuclear weapons program, and makes it less likely North Korea will ever give up theirs. This makes our people, our country and the world less safe. #SOTU
  • We heard attacks from warmongers in politics/media before. Those opposed to Iraq/Libya/Syria regime change wars are called “dictator-lovers” or “cozy” with evil regimes. Rather than defend their position, they resort to name-calling & smears. American people wont fall for this.
  • @morningjoe Syria/Assad did not attack us on 9/11, killing thousands of Americans — al-Qaeda did. No Authorization to Use Military Force has ever passed Congress to go to war against Syria. If US topples Assad, Al-Qaeda/ISIS will take over. Why do you prefer them to Assad?
  • The only way to fund these domestic programs is to end regime-change wars, say no to the new Cold War, and say no to the nuclear arms race. And that’s why I'm running for president...
  • The majority of the US wants Medicare for All, affordable education, & the means to address climate change and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. Many candidates in 2020 will promise these things. But these promises will not become a reality until we have this peace dividend.
  • We need the “peace dividend” that comes from reinvesting the trillions of dollars spent on those wars into our communities here at home. That's why as president my first and foremost mission will be to work for peace.
  • My friends, brothers & sisters in arms, lives and limbs lost. Millions of innocent children, women, men, dead. AQ strengthened. Trillion$. Millions of immigrants. Countries destroyed — But @MeghanMcCain neocons/neolibs quest to save countries by destroying them just gets stronger
  • The US must stay out of Venezuela & let the people determine their own future. US meddling in Latin America has been disastrous for the people of the countries where we intervene. Pence's "demand" is inappropriate & dangerous.
  • Environmental degradation has taken us past the point where we can simply “sustain” the status quo. We need regenerative agriculture to actively rebuild one of our most valuable national resources - our farmland.
  • The danger of nuclear war is rapidly escalating. The threat is real. I’m running for President to end this nuclear threat, new arms race, and Cold War. #TULSI2020
  • I refuse to imagine a world w/out butterflies - pollinators, crucial links in our fragile ecosystem & symbols of transformation. Threatened by pesticides & climate change they're going extinct. We need to get our priorities straight. Butterflies > Roundup.
  • America needs a #PeaceDividend from ending regime change wars / new cold war / arms race. Invest that money in healthcare, education, infrastructure, clean air, food, water for all.
  • As a nation, we need to work to make voting as accessible as possible. No American citizen should have to struggle to vote. Implementing changes like automatic voter registration strengthen our democracy.
  • Net Neutrality protects us from corporate censorship of information. The FCC's obligation is to the people. We want an equal, open internet. #NetNeutrality
  • No matter how great the challenges are that we face, innovation and creativity in a spirit of service before self will always be greater. #WaterisLife #ClimateJusticeTulsi
  • We promised Libya’s dictator Gaddafi that if he gave up his nuke program, we wouldn’t overthrow him. He gave them up, and we blew him away. NK’s Kim won’t make the same mistake. Just another negative consequence of short-sighted regime-change war policies
  • Kim Jong-un sees what the US did to Gaddafi in Libya, Saddam Hussein in Iraq, & efforts to depose Assad in Syria. We must end the long-held US foreign policy of regime-change wars and deposing dictators to be credible when we say we are not interested in toppling the NK regime.
  • In order to de-escalate nuclear crisis with NK, we need to understand why Kim Jong-un is holding on so tightly to their nuclear weapons — it is because he sees them as his only deterrent from the US coming in and trying to topple his regime.
  • North Korea will look at Trump's actions, not empty promises. We can't expect Kim to believe that we won't overthrow him if he gives up his nukes, when he sees us threaten to carry out regime-change war in Iran and Venezuela.
  • Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, and his tearing up the INF Treaty, has undermined efforts to convince N Korea to give up their nuke program, thus putting us all in grave danger
  • The US must always be willing to meet with our adversaries in pursuit of peace, but our history of regime change war and breaking agreements undermines our credibility. This is why Kim doesn't trust us.
  • Yesterday’s failure to come to an agreement on NK’s nukes brings me no joy, but rather deep concern. But as I said yesterday on @Hardball, NK will not give up their nukes unless there is a complete re-appraisal of US regime-change “foreign policy.”
  • Trump’s basic misunderstanding of how trade works is starting to show up in devastating impacts to working Americans. We need a win-win global strategy based on cooperation, not confrontation. #TULSI2020


March 2019[edit]

  • We need to end the new cold war. We need to halt the inflammatory rhetoric, pursue agreements like the INF treaty instead of abandoning them, and put the safety of our people and the entire planet before politics.
  • This hits close to home. Noise pollution from sonar is a big problem for HI's marine life, killing & injuring whales, dolphins & turtles. Sound vibration is powerful & needs to be regulated for the safety & wellbeing of all living beings. #WorldWildlifeDay
  • As president, I will put service above self—the interests of the American people above any personal interests—and stand up against the powerful forces of greed and corruption.
  • We must never forget our dark and bloodied past, & the heroes who changed the course of our nation by courageously leading with love to defeat the hatred & violence that surrounded them. They inspire us to continue the march toward justice, equality & freedom #WeShallOvercome
  • The majority of US agrees on need to address healthcare, climate change, corruption, etc. Divisions that lead to civil war are the fault of partisan pols seeking votes and a corporate-owned media establishment that pushes a war agenda and profits off controversy & divisiveness.
  • 60% of voters support marijuana legalization—great to see Florida coming around! We just introduced a bill to end federal #marijuana prohibition because American citizens should not be made into criminals for choosing to smoke marijuana...
  • Number of people arrested for marijuana law violation in 2017: 659,700
  • Number of those charged with marijuana law violations arrested for possession only: 599,282 (90.8 percent)
  • I intro'd bipartisan bill today to END THE FEDERAL MARIJUANA PROHIBITION. Congress must act now #EndTheDrugWar
  • Join us as we work for a #PeaceDividend—taking the trillions spent on regime change #war & nuclear arms race & investing them to ensure #healthcare for all, combat climate change, rebuild our infrastructure, & meet the needs of all Americans...
  • As President and Commander-in-Chief, I will end the wasteful counterproductive regime-change wars, and reinvest those trillions of dollars in the needs of the American people.
  • If anyone needed further evidence that Facebook is censoring political speech, they provided that evidence themselves by deleting Elizabeth Warren’s post calling for breaking up Facebook and Amazon... If Facebook will censor my speech, then they will censor yours as well. This is why we must stand up for free speech — whether we agree with the content of that speech or not.
  • Washington hasn’t taken #ClimateChange seriously. Big money special interests and high-powered lobbyists try to block real change, real solutions. We must take a stand for our future. We must combat climate change NOW
  • The terrorist who carried out the atrocities in New Zealand had a clear and sickening motive - to magnify hate and start a civil war in the US. He designed his attack to drive a wedge along lines of race, religion and partisanship among the American people. We cannot let him win. We must stand united in a condemnation of white nationalism & all ideologies of violent exclusivism. We must stop “otherizing” people because they may be of a different race, religion, ethnicity, etc.
  • Short-sighted politicians & media pundits who've spent last 2 years accusing Trump as a Putin puppet have brought us the expensive new Cold War & arms race. How? Because Trump now does everything he can to prove he’s not Putin’s puppet—even if it brings us closer to nuclear war.

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  • Why do mainstream media outlets fear Tulsi Gabbard so much? Because she’s a staunch opponent of the regime change wars they have spent the last several decades promoting. Simple.
    • Sarah Abdallah Twitter (4 February 2019)
  • While most candidates shy away from foreign policy, Congressmember Gabbard has made foreign policy—particularly ending war—the centerpiece of her campaign. She was truly impressive in her March 10 CNN Town Hall, talking more honestly about U.S. wars than any other presidential candidate in recent history. Gabbard promises to end senseless wars like the one she witnessed as a National Guard officer in Iraq. She unequivocally states her opposition to U.S. "regime change" interventions, as well as the New Cold War and arms race with Russia, and supports rejoining the Iran nuclear deal. She was also an original cosponsor of Rep. Khanna's Yemen War Powers bill.
    Gabbard still believes in a militarized approach to counterterrorism, despite studies showing that this feeds a self-perpetuating cycle of violence on both sides... She is still in the military herself and embraces what she calls a "military mindset." She ended her CNN Town Hall by saying that being Commander-in-Chief is the most important part of being president.
  • The wake up call, for most of us, came when Gabbard met with Trump soon after his inauguration and then with Assad, instead of marching on DC with us and the rest of the Hawaii’s congressional delegation during the Women’s March in protest of what has become an unprecedented abolition of human and civil rights in America. … The incumbent clearly has an agenda that does not involve her constituents and we are waking up to the fact that our needs are taking a back seat to her ambitions.
  • Whether Gabbard will mount a bid for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president is something she said she’s "thinking through very carefully." … Gabbard would join a crowded Democratic field if she does run. By some estimates it may include more 30 people, many of whom, like former Vice President Joe Biden, have decades more experience and greater name recognition.
    Yet she won't have to worry about standing out.
    She's almost guaranteed to be the youngest. Right now, she's barely old enough to run. The Constitution requires the president to be at least 35. She's part Samoan, part Caucasian. She's the first Hindu elected to Congress, and was sworn into office with her hand on the Bhagavad Gita. Her parents homeschooled her and her four siblings. She's a combat veteran. She was first elected to office at age 21, when she won a seat in the Hawaii state House of Representatives. She surfs in her spare time.
  • In 2015, Gabbard supported President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran and more recently has criticized President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the deal. Last May, she criticized Israel for shooting “unarmed protesters” in Gaza... Tulsi supported Bernie Sanders’ antiwar candidacy in 2016 and appears to be completely onboard and fearless in promoting her antiwar sentiments... Tulsi Gabbard could well be the only genuine antiwar candidate that might truly be electable in the past fifty years... [She] seems to be the “real thing,” a genuine anti-war candidate who is determined to run on that platform. It might just resonate with the majority of American who have grown tired of perpetual warfare to “spread democracy” and other related frauds perpetrated by the band of oligarchs and traitors that run the United States.
  • Representative Tulsi Gabbard has made reforming United States foreign policy, particularly ending what she calls “regime change wars” and the “new Cold War and nuclear arms race,” central to her 2020 presidential campaign. She is virtually the only presidential candidate warning of the specter of nuclear war. At a CNN town hall at South By Southwest on March 10, Gabbard contended, “We are in a situation today where we, here in the United States and the world, are at a greater risk of nuclear catastrophe than ever before in history.”
  • Yet, the establishment news media is largely uninterested in listening to Gabbard attempt to persuade voters that the U.S. should quit waging wars to overthrow governments.
  • Gabbard’s rhetoric infuriates Rogin, Keilar, and Bash because it strays from their script for what is acceptable debate on U.S. foreign policy. Their questions, and Rogin’s statements, are designed to shame her for her disloyalty to the foreign policy establishment. However, the reality is while these pundits engage in theoretical discussion on television—and use real Syrian people as props to attack dissenting politicians— Gabbard’s reservations toward war are based on actual experience and a recognition of the many times in which the U.S. meddled in countries only to face serious blowback later.
  • Gabbard may be a progressive vote on social and environmental issues, but on defense she’s solidly pro-military. … "I understand firsthand the value of using counter-terrorism warfare tactics and strategies overseas in dealing with 21st century threats," she said. "But these tactics should never be used against our own citizens here at home. Just as U.S. law enforcement strategies do not apply in war with a foreign enemy, drone strikes and other counter-terrorism tactics should not be targeting non-combatant U.S. citizens."
    "I think there’s no question that the use of drones in civilian causalities is absolutely wrong, as well as the use of drones against American citizens who have the right to due process within our own system." … And that’s the all of Gabbard’s March 8 statement on drones. She said much the same thing on Meet the Press on March 10, insisting that drone attacks needed to occur over "enemy territory." Gabbard is saying that she supports the use of drones to kill suspected terrorists, including those born in the U.S., as long as it happens overseas. Her use of qualifiers like "at home" and "non-combatant" make that clear.
    This is identical to current U.S. policy.
  • Gabbard initially refused to say who financed her trip to Syria. However, in a press release Wednesday Gabbard revealed her delegation had been "led and sponsored by" an outfit called the Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services (AACCESS—Ohio). Her statement added she and the rest of the delegation had been accompanied by two men, Elie and Bassam Khawam.
    Who, then, are the Khawams? Gabbard’s press release described the pair as "longtime peace advocates."
    In truth, Bassam and Elie Khawam are both officials in the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), a political party and paramilitary organization founded in Lebanon in 1932, and currently actively engaged in the Syrian civil war on the side of the Assad regime. The pair are two of the key U.S.-based point men for the party — and, by extension, the Syrian dictatorship. On its home turf of Lebanon, the SSNP is known for many things, peace advocacy not being one of them.
Subsequent to the publication of this article, one of the members of Congresswoman Gabbard's delegation, Elie Khawam, contacted The Daily Beast. While admitting that he was a member of the SSNP, he claimed the party had no official involvement "in any way, shape, or form" with the congresswoman's delegation. "The SSNP has nothing to do with that trip, or with any trip that we [meaning him and his brother, Bassam] ever made in the past or in the future. It is totally independent," he asserted. Mr Khawam also objected to being described as a "fascist," claiming his party's anti-Jewish rhetoric had "nothing to do with Jews as a religion."
  • All politicians must act as if they enjoy patriotic ceremonies, but Gabbard is one of the few who seem as if they were not acting. She is thirty-six, and has a knack for projecting both youthful joy and grownup gravitas. Her political profile is similarly hybrid. She is a fervent Bernie Sanders supporter with equally fervent bipartisan tendencies — known, roughly equally, for her concern for the treatment of veterans and her opposition to U.S. intervention abroad. She is also a vegetarian and a practicing Hindu — the first Hindu ever elected to Congress — as well as a lifelong surfer and an accomplished athlete. On Capitol Hill, she is often regarded as a glamorous anomaly: a Hawaiian action figure, fabulously out of place among her besuited colleagues. “She’s almost straight from central casting, if you need a heroine,” Van Jones, the progressive activist, says.
  • On July 29, the U.S. House of Representatives, with more than 100 co-sponsors from both parties, passed a resolution by unanimous consent insisting that the Israeli attacks were exclusively "focused on terrorist targets" and that Israel "goes to extraordinary lengths to target only terrorist actors." Co-sponsors included such prominent Democrats as Alan Grayson (FL), Jared Polis (CO), Eric Swalwell (CA), Richard Neal (MA), Joseph Kennedy (MA), Tulsi Gabbard (HI), Jan Schakowsky (IL), Brad Sherman (CA), Elliot Engel (NY), and Debbie Wasserman-Schulz (FL)

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