Washington, DC Newsroom, October 11, 2022 / 3:00 p.m. (CNA).
Former Hawaii congresswoman and 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard announced on Tuesday that she is quitting the Democratic Party, citing a long list of reasons, including her hostility toward “people of faith.”
“Any political party that tries to erase the presence of God from all facets of public life and that is hostile towards those who choose to worship God cannot be trusted to protect our inalienable God-given rights enshrined in the Constitution, and therefore should not be in power,” Gabbard said in a 30-minute YouTube video explaining his decision.
I can no longer stay in today’s Democratic Party which is now under the total control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by a cowardly awakening, who divide us by racializing every issue and stoking anti-white racism, work actively to undermine our God-given freedoms, are… pic.twitter.com/oAuTnxZldf
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) October 11, 2022
Gabbard did not say whether she would join the Republican Party, but she launched a litany of condemnations against President Biden and Democrats, largely focusing on the party’s violation of free speech and freedom of religion. .
Gabbard defends pro-life activists and religious freedom
In his post, Gabbard recounted recent Justice Department arrests and indictments of pro-life activists such as Catholic father-of-seven Mark Houck, saying security agencies have been “weaponized” against Americans.
“Seven of these 11 pro-life protesters face 11 years in prison and $250,000 fines,” she said. “They didn’t use physical force, they weren’t dangerous.”
Gabbard’s defense of pro-lifers contradicts his voting record. While a congressman from 2013 to 2021, Gabbard consistently voted against pro-life measures and received a 90% rating from national pro-abortion organization NARAL Pro-Choice America.
In the 2020 presidential race, she campaigned saying it would codify Roe v. Wade with some restrictions.
“I support the codification of Roe v. Wade, while ensuring that in the third trimester, abortion is not an option unless the life or serious health consequences of the woman are are in danger,” she said. said in a debate in 2019.
Gabbard contrasted the Biden administration’s treatment of pro-lifers with the way it treated pro-abortion activists after Roe v. Wade this summer.
“The Biden administration stood idly by and did absolutely nothing as activists demonstrated outside the homes of Supreme Court justices at all hours of the day and night, in clear violation of federal law,” Gabbard said.
“Go back and look again. How did the Biden administration deal with these pro-life, nonviolent protesters? she says.
Gabbard also condemned Vice President Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren for “proclaiming the Supreme Court to be illegitimate, simply because they disagreed with its rulings.”
Gabbard cites the Democratic Party’s ‘awakening’
“I can no longer stay in today’s Democratic Party which is now under the total control of an elitist cabal of cowardly awakening warmongers who are dividing us by racializing every issue and stoking anti-racism. white,” Gabbard said. Explain.
On the issue of religion, Gabbard accused Democrats of being “unfriendly to believers” and said Democratic leaders are “actively trying to undermine our religious freedom.”
“High-level Democratic leaders openly mock and discriminate against believers, especially Christians,” said Gabbard – who was the first Hindu member of Congress.
Giving examples, she referenced Senator Harris’s remarks that Brian Buescher’s membership in the Knights of Columbus barred him from serving as a federal judge.
She also mentioned California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s attack on Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett for her devout Catholic faith.
“The Democratic Party of today has forgotten that freedom of religion does not mean freedom of religion,” Gabbard added, recalling the party’s decision to omit the words “under God” from the oath of allegiance during the its 2020 convention.
Gabbard also discussed the party’s embrace of “critical race theory,” efforts to defund the police amid rising crime, and “self-identified Marxists” leading the Black Lives Matter movement.
She pointed to Democrats’ silence after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot refused to be interviewed by white reporters because of their “overwhelming whiteness and masculinity.”
“Modern segregation in schools is promoted,” she said, speaking of critical race theory proponents such as Robin DiAngelo. “They embrace these people and their ideology.”
“The Democrats have reduced each of us as children of God to the color of our skin, using identity politics to separate us,” Gabbard said, adding, “They’ve become the racists they claim to hate.” .
Gabbard has exposed Democrats for teaching gender ideology to children and pushing access to sexually explicit content in schools.
“Biden’s Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security have focused their new National Terrorist Unit on parents who vocally oppose radical curricula and explicit sexual content taught to their children in public schools,” a- she declared.
Gabbard railed against the party for “rejecting the objective truth and reality that women exist”, calling it “anti-woman”.
“They can’t even define a woman anymore and they demand that we replace words like ‘mother’ with ‘person who gives birth,'” Gabbard said.
Condemning transgender men playing on women’s sports teams, she said the Biden administration’s proposed changes to Title IX will be “absolutely [take] opportunities for millions of women.
The viral video since is the first episode of Gabbard’s new podcast, The Tulsi Gabbard Show.
Gabbard’s team did not immediately respond to CNA’s request for comment on Tuesday.
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