2020 presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-HI, slammed the Democratic National Committee for its “hypocrisy” in not giving the only woman with a diverse background a voice in the next Democratic debate, during an interview Monday night with Fox News host Shannon Bream. Moreover, Gabbard told Bream that the DNC’s decision is a “disservice” to voters who should be given the opportunity to hear all viewpoints on issues most important to them.
“You hear a lot of talk. We just celebrated International Women’s Day and the progress that women are making around the world,” Gabbard said. “But when it comes to actually making sure that – in this presidential primary – that the only woman candidate left in the race, the only woman of color, and the first female combat veteran ever to run for the presidency has a voice, the DNC and their corporate media partners say, ‘No thanks. Actually, that’s not what we want the American people hear.'”
The DNC announced the rules days after Super Tuesday for candidates to qualify for the next debate in Phoenix, Arizona on March 15. Those rules will require candidates to have 20 percent of delegates before the debate. Gabbard took two delegates in American Samoa.
“Because, we’re not seeing these other candidates bringing to the forefront the issues that I am about the need to bring this — sea change in our foreign policy, to stop waging these wasteful regime change wars toppling dictators in other countries, the new Cold War nuclear arms race, all of which are not making us any safer,” Gabbard told Bream. “And, instead, redirect our taxpayer dollars towards really serving the very urgent pressing needs that the American people here at home all across the country are very concerned about. Things like the coronavirus, for example.”