Longshot presidential Democratic presidential Rep. Tulsi Gabbard recently addressed a group of journalists from the ethnic media. During the meeting, she talked about growing up in multicultural Hawaii and enjoying the “aloha spirit.” Gabbard is of Samoan and European descent and practices the Hindu religion.
She also spent the main part of the call discussing her views on foreign policy.
Gabbard is a veteran who served in the Hawaiian National Guard and so she has personal experience of the costs of America’s foreign adventures. Gabbard served as a combat medic in Iraq.
She added that she wanted to draw back the US military and avoid getting involved with so many foreign conflicts.
“We have to end the US policy of being the world’s police,” said Gabbard.
She added that US interventions and regime changes often make things worse. The US occupation of Afghan is reaching 20 years and has failed to achieve a decisive victory. The US invasion of Iraq splintered the country, caused a mass exodus and also led to the rise of ISIS.
Gabbard said she was in favor of using diplomacy to solve international conflict — even if that meant talking to enemies.
Gabbard has drawn criticism for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad who has been accused of committing war crimes against his own people.
Gabbard also singled out President Donald Trump for criticism saying his rhetoric has “divided the country.” She also said Trump’s decision to pull out of a nuclear treaty would lead to a new arms race.
She also criticized Trump for ramping up tensions with Iran. She warned against getting into another war in the Middle East.
“A war with Iran would be more devastating than Iran and exacerbate the refugee crisis,” said Gabbard.
Gabbard has gained more attention after she clashed with Democratic frontrunner Sen. Kamala Harris and attacked her prosecutorial record. Gabbard said Harris had sent thousands of mainly black men to jail on drug charges.
Harris responded by pointing out Gabbard is currently polling at zero percent.
Gabbard has faced other controversies. A February NBC story pointed out that her name was been heavily promoted by Russian bots.
But Gabbard was heavily critical of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election on the call. This is discussed in the Mueller report and was confirmed during Robert Mueller’s recent House hearings. (However, when Attorney General William first came out with his summary of the Mueller report and claimed it cleared Trump, Gabbard said that was a good thing.)
She said Russian hacking is a “threat to our democracy.”
She later authored the Securing America’s Elections Act to try to address this issue. But Republican and Sen. Mitch McConnell have dragged their feet on this issue.
“They failed to pass the bill,” said Gabbard.