Democratic 2020 hopeful Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign already in trouble

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 26: US representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Only 18 days after Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced to CNN her candidacy for president, a report broke revealing that the 37-year-old politician’s campaign is already a hot mess.

This despite the fact that her campaign hasn’t even formally launched yet. It’s set to launch during a kickoff event in Hawaii this upcoming Saturday, after which both Gabbard’s campaign manager and consulting firm will reportedly be exiting the picture for unclear reasons.

“Campaign manager Rania Batrice and Gabbard’s consulting firm Revolution Messaging are set to depart after this weekend’s official kickoff in Hawaii,” Politico reported Tuesday, citing two inside sources. “Gabbard is leaning on her sister, Vrindavan, to fill the void.”

For a campaign manager to quit before a campaign even begins is stunning. But the news gets worse. Politico noted that the Hawaii congresswoman is also facing backlash for reportedly picking a fight with fellow Hawaii politician Sen. Mazie Hirono for her anti-Catholic bigotry.

Last month Hirono harangued a district court nominee over his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus, a 136-year-old Catholic fraternal organization.

“The Knights of Columbus has taken a number of extreme positions. For example, it was reportedly one of the top contributors to California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage,” Hirono said in a written statement to nominee Brian Buescher. “If confirmed, do you intend to end your membership with this organization to avoid any appearance of bias?”

She essentially suggested that Buescher would need to detach himself from his Catholic beliefs to be viable for a position on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.

This upset Gabbard, whose father reportedly serves as an active lector at his Catholic church. And so in response, she penned a column for The Hill taking aim at “those who are fomenting religious bigotry, citing as disqualifiers Buescher’s Catholicism and his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus.”

“Elected leaders engaging in religion-baiting are playing with fire. They are sacrificing the well-being, peace and harmony of our country to satisfy their own political ambitions for partisan political interests,” she opined. “We must stand together, call out and reject religious bigotry no matter where it comes from, and fight to protect the freedoms and principles that bind us together as Americans.”

While she didn’t name names, it was clear whom she meant.

About a week later Hirono essentially dismissed Gabbard’s bid for the presidency.

“I certainly wish all of our candidates the best … but for myself in these times of what I would call not normal times, I want someone who has very much been on the page in terms of supporting equal opportunity, choice, all of the kinds of issues that I’ve been fighting for for decades,” she said on MSNBC when asked about the House representative’s candidacy.

When host Kasie Hunt then said that it “sounds like” she doesn’t think “Gabbard has done that,” Hirono replied, “I wish her well, though, as I do all of the other candidates.”



She’s reportedly already attracted a primary challenge from state Sen. Kai Kahele, a prominent Democrat state lawmaker who served in the Hawaii Air National Guard and enjoys support from the radical far-left.

The Hawaii House representative hasn’t exactly endeared herself to the Democrat Party’s base. Two years ago she met with Syrian dictator Bashad Assad, angering both Republicans and Democrats. Then when asked about it recently, she expressed feeling no regrets.

And it turns out that she used to boast anti-LGBT views. In an apology statement published after her former views became public earlier this month, she said that she “grew up in a socially conservative household, where I was raised to believe that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.”

“For a period of my life I didn’t see the contradiction in those beliefs,” she added, before apologizing.

Unfortunately, by then it was already too late. It’s to the point that members of the Democrat party’s far-left base have begun accusing her of being a Republican in disguise:

Maybe she should follow Howard Schultz’ lead and run as an Independent?



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