Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who endorsed and campaigned for Bernie Sanders against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary last year, continues to do things her way in the face of criticism. The Iraq War veteran met with Donald Trump at the Trump Tower right after his election in November to talk about the humanitarian crisis in Syria. The sudden move angered members of her own party who stated calling an opportunist and a DINO (Democrat In Name Only).
The 35-year-old politician is continuing with that theme. Last week, it was revealed that she traveled to Syria and met with Syrian President Bashar Assad. The trip was slammed on both sides of the political spectrum, and many started asking questions about how it came about.
The controversy was slowly leaving the front page of news organizations. That’s when the charismatic Hawaiian decided to appear on several cable news shows to explain why she went to the war-torn country and gave some much need legitimacy to Assad, who many experts see as a dictator and criminal.
On CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, Gabbard made a case for diplomacy, she said: “When the opportunity arose to meet with him, I did so, because I felt it’s important that if we profess to truly care about the Syrian people, about their suffering, then we’ve got to be able to meet with anyone that we need to if there is a possibility that we could achieve peace. And that’s exactly what we talked about.”
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) January 25, 2017
Gabbard was not a fan of the way the Obama administration tried to help the Syrian rebels and is against more interventionism in the region. It is hard to read where all of this cacophony puts the congresswoman on the map for 2020; she is often mentioned as a candidate, but on paper, she looks like the first official Trump democrat.
Their interests seem to align often unless this is part of a grand scheme to challenge him better.