Fresh off her official split from the Democrat Party, newly independent former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard spoke to the “national problem” of the “woke fanatical ideologues” she left behind after a campaign stop for conservative Arizona firebrand Kari Lake and lambasted them for being “against democracy.”
(Video: Fox News)
Speaking from Phoenix, Arizona, the former Hawaii congresswoman joined Fox News host Laura Ingraham Tuesday on “The Ingraham Angle” to talk about her rationale for leaving the Democrats. The one-time presidential hopeful wasted no time calling out Lake’s gubernatorial opponent, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, and other Democratic candidates for refusing to debate and “compare policies.”
Describing her former party members as “woke fanatical ideologues,” Gabbard explained her reasoning by stating in part, “They’re against free speech. They are against democracy. They are against freedom of religion. They are against the very principles of this country, our God-given rights enshrined in our Constitution. And meanwhile, they are pushing us further and further towards the brink of nuclear war that threatens the very existence of the American people and the world.”
“I think this is really indicative of the national problem that we’re seeing with the current Democratic Party is, rather than actually have a debate in the marketplace of ideas with the American people where people can actually make an informed decision,” she detailed, “they either refuse to be a part of the conversation or they throw out lies, and smears and attacks seeking to undermine the credibility of anyone who dares to challenge their narrative and this is the sort of thing that led me to leave the Democrat Party.”
Among those smears has been the frequent talk of “the big lie” alongside claims of Republicans being “election deniers” when they are merely concerned about election integrity. Lake, who received Gabbard’s full endorsement, has taken these partisan attacks head on and confronted the media over their one-sided coverage of questioning election results with references to Stacey Abrams, Hillary Clinton, corporate media outlets and Democrats as a whole.
“So it’s okay for Democrats to question elections, but it’s not okay for Republicans,” she said. “It’s a crock of B.S., everyone of you knows it, we have our freedom of speech and we’re not gonna relinquish it to a bunch of fake news propagandists.”
Let's talk about "Election Deniers."
I brought receipts. ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/0vzg0ecdx3
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) October 18, 2022
Gabbard went on to tell Ingraham, “There are so many things that we don’t have time to get into in detail here, but ultimately it comes down to people in power who don’t believe in, and who are actively undermining the foundational principles of this country. And that is not something I can be aligned with.”
As she had said in her announcement leaving the party, “I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers who are driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue and stoking anti-white racism, who actively work to undermine our God-given freedoms that are enshrined in our Constitution, who are hostile to people of faith and spirituality, who demonize the police but protect criminals at the expense of law-abiding Americans, who believe in open borders, who weaponize the national security state to go after their political opponents and above all who are dragging us ever closer to nuclear war.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 11, 2022
Gabbard had said to Lake of her initial reason to join the Democrats, “I was inspired by a party that said, ‘we respect your individual freedoms, civil liberties and a government of, by and for the people.’ Unfortunately, that party no longer exists today.”
“Actually, I think it does,” the gubernatorial candidate replied. “I think it’s America First.”
.@TulsiGabbard: "I was inspired by a party that said, 'we respect your individual freedoms, civil liberties, and a Government of, by, and for the people.' Unfortunately, that party no longer exists today."@KariLake: "Actually, I think it does. I think it's America First." pic.twitter.com/lqERQNv8zn
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) October 19, 2022
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