Woman Scorned: Gabbard Lets Her Feelings for the DNC Fly
If you know anything about Congresswoman and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, it’s probably that she doesn’t agree with the Democratic Party establishment, namely Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee or DNC. Since nearly the beginning of her race to the White House, she didn’t hesitate to point out the unfairness of the party’s “rules” and how it seemed to favor some candidates over others, particularly regarding how the primary debates are handled.
At first, it was the fact that minority candidates such as herself and Andrew Yang got considerably less talking time during the debates as so-called top tier candidates who happened to be white and wealthy. She and Yang pointed out that they received only about half the amount of time as candidates like Senator Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Joe Biden.
As is typical, the requirements to qualify for the debates get a little more challenging each go-round, with candidates needing higher poll numbers and more donations on hand. These, too, seemed to be unfair to some candidates. Lesser-known candidates like Cory Booker and Tulsi Gabbard suddenly found themselves without access to the debates, while the older, whiter crowds had no problem getting in.
The DNC made it clear that their rules were in place for a reason, and they were to create fairness across the entire field. Booker and Gabbard fought that notion but with no way to prove otherwise all was dropped after a while.
However, this month the DNC changed their rules for the debates again, and this time it leaves little doubt in just about anyone’s mind that it was done for any other reason than to let latecomer and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg up on the stage.
Contenders no longer need to meet any donor support requirements, something Bloomberg has refused to take from his supporters the beginning, and rightly so given his billionaire status. Instead, they only need to achieve at least 10% of the Democratic vote in at least four DNC approved polls.
Now, some might think this has made it more possible for lower candidates like Gabbard to participate, and indeed, I am sure it helps. But as we all know, Bloomberg has bought his way to where he is in the polls. As CNN journalist pointed out last week, Bloomberg has spent a whopping $400 million-plus on TV and social media ads.
As we all know, money doesn’t just talk, it screams. Meanwhile, Gabbard’s $5.4 million spent on ads is nearly mute.
She told Fox News Rundown’s Jessica Rosenthal, “It’s wrong, and it’s voters in these primaries and caucuses that are unfortunately losing out because of the DNC decisions in Washington. It’s clear that the DNC would rather hear from Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire, rather than hearing from me – the only person of color left in this race, the first female combat veteran ever to run for president, and the voice that I bring from so many Americans that really challenges the establishment of the powerful elite.”
And she has a point. From a Democratic standpoint, you would think Tulsi Gabbard would be exactly who they want to run.
She is obviously female.
She is a minority as a Samoan-American.
She served her nation with honor as a major in the Army National Guard and therefore knows more about sacrifice, honor, and national security than most.
And she isn’t made of money, which is something that leads candidates like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth have touted as the root of all evil.
However, her one downfall is that she has made an enemy of the establishment of the Democratic Party or Hillary Clinton to be exact.
Bloomberg, who the DNC seems to be so partial to, is everything she is not. Wealthy, white, male, and autocratic to a fault. And that makes him the perfect candidate to receive their approval—someone who will without a doubt, continue their long reign of the powerful elite.
In fact, he could probably even be their poster child.
But Gabbard has already proven that she will not fade silently into the night. And if her message is heard by the rest of America, Bloomberg and the DNC are likely to not fair so well come November, if not before.