First Hindu US Congresswoman launches 2020 US presidency

Blanche Robertson
February 9, 2019

Gabbard also was forced to apologize for her past opposition to same-sex marriage, which she now supports, and has been engaged in a public feud with Hawaii's popular Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono over a federal judicial nominee.

She stood by her decision to meet with Assad in January 2017.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean called Gabbard's views "a disgrace" and said she was unfit to be in Congress.

Questioned about her stance on Assad by NBC News' Kasie Hunt, Gabbard, one of Hawaii's two House members, said Assad is not an enemy of the US because, she said, he does not pose an immediate threat to the country.

In November 2016, Duke tweeted that Gabbard was a representative of a "political realignment" he hoped to see in the USA - and called for Donald Trump to appoint her secretary of state.

On Saturday, Gabbard officially declared her candidacy for president.

Gabbard has previously backed left-winger Bernie Sanders, when he competed against Hillary Clinton to represent the Democrats in the 2016 presidency race, which was eventually won by Donald Trump.

Gabbard, was born in American Samoa, growing up in Hawaii, where she was elected to the State Legislature in 2002 at the age of 21, and volunteered to be deployed for two tours of duty in the Middle East as a member of the Hawaii National Guard. There she serves on the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees, where she has advocated for veterans.

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"There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace", she said.

In a statement to CNN, she said: "First, let me say I regret the positions I took in the past, and the things I said".

Gabbard has supported progressive legislation during her time in Congress, including backing Medicare for all and a Green New Deal.

Also, she has called for the US recognition of the Armenian Genocide on many occasions.

Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii congresswoman and 2020 Democratic candidate for president, defended Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and said he is not the "enemy". Those outlets, which have published more stories about her than other candidates, are considered to be mouthpieces for the Russian government.

So the story goes: Russian propagandists may or may not have launched a campaign to support Gabbard, who may or may not be a Kremlin asset, but you can't believe that claim because it was made by an American company who lied about shady Russian tactics ... but you can't believe that assessment, because it's been pushed by a journalist compromised by Russia.

Gabbard appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday.

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