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Tulsi Gabbard Officially Kicks Off 2020 Campaign

09 February 2019

Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii congresswoman and 2020 Democratic candidate for president, defended Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and said he is not the "enemy".

"Join me in building a movement for peace at home and overseas that will fulfil the promise of America for freedom, justice, equality, and opportunity for all".

According to NBC, Gabbard is already a "favorite" of Moscow, with Russian state-owned news sites publishing stories like "Heroic Tulsi Gabbard Will Run on Her Sensible Foreign Policy".

Asked if she viewed Assad as an "adversary" of the US, Gabbard demurred and said it was important to look at who posed a threat to the US and how the interests of other nations compare to those of the US.

She announced her candidacy for the presidential elections in Hawaii, a state she represents in Congress, saying she would stand up to "powerful, self-serving politicians and greedy corporations". Last month, Gabbard apologized for past derogatory statements about the LGBTQ community. There she serves on the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees, where she has advocated for veterans. As an Army National Guard veteran, she wants to bring her experience from the military to a national level.

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. "My skepticism in the past has been exclusively on saying, show us the evidence before you deploy USA troops into military action because I served in Iraq and I understood what that cost came when the American people were lied to and presented false evidence, where we started off a new war", Gabbard responded.

Nominating contests begin in February 2020, for the Democratic candidates seeking delegates who will select a nominee at the party's convention, which is scheduled from July 13-16, 2020. The candidate who amasses the majority of delegates will be nominated at the party's convention in the summer and will likely face Republican President Donald Trump in November's general election.

In the spring of 2017, Gabbard said she had stopped accepting defense industry money. The rest of the Democrats will be accusing each other of deviationism over trivialities. She also grew up in a socially conservative household and, as a very young woman, she participated in her activist father's campaigns against the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships as marriage.

Tulsi Gabbard Officially Kicks Off 2020 Campaign