Last night’s Democratic Presidential Debate was mostly civilized with few fireworks, and mostly friendly ribbing among candidates, except when it came to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Gabbard pretty much asked for it when she criticized the Democrats by saying that it was, “
“unfortunately not the party that is of, by, and for the people. It is a party that has been and continues to be represented by the foreign policy establishment in Washington…. [with] greedy corporate interests” and the need for a president who will “[rebuild] our Democratic party.”
Sen. Kamala Harris was asked if she wanted to respond and said,
Harris clapped back saying Gabbard, who’s a fave of the MAGA crowd ,
“I think that it’s unfortunate that we have someone on this stage who is attempting to be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, who during the Obama administration spent four years full-time on Fox News criticizing President Obama … [and] has spent full time criticizing people on this stage.
When Donald Trump was elected, not even sworn in, [she] buddied up to Steve Bannon to get a meeting with Donald Trump at Trump Tower.”
Gabbard did have a November 2016 meeting with Trump, and at the time that the congresswoman was under “serious consideration” for a position in Trump’s cabinet.
Gabbard then accused Harris of
“unfortunately continuing to traffic in lies and smears and innuendos …. which only makes me guess that she will, as president, only continue the status quo.”
The debate subject later turned to Iowa front-runner Mayor Pete Buttigieg‘s lack of experience, Gabbard went in on her fellow military comrade, saying Buttigieg’s willingness to send U.S. troops to Mexico as a sign of his
“inexperience in national security and foreign policy,” accusing Buttigieg of making a “careless” statement that he wants to send troops to “fight the cartels.”
Pete said her comments were,
“outlandish, even by the standards of today’s politics.”
Buttigieg criticized Gabbard for her meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying he has
“enough judgement that I would not have sat down with a murderous dictator like that.”
“What you’ve just pointed out is that you would lack the courage to meet with both adversaries and friends. I take the example of those leaders who have come before us. Leaders like JFK, who met with Khrushchev. Like Roosevelt, who met with Stalin…”
Buttigieg cut in.
“Like Donald Trump, who met with Kim [Jong Un].”
(Photo, screen grabs; via Vanity Fair)