Tulsi Gabbard claims Schiff, Brennan, Big Tech turning U.S. into a ‘police state’
Former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D) on Tuesday went after Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), large technology companies, and former CIA Director John Brennan, claiming that they are much more “powerful” and therefore more “dangerous” than the mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6.
She pointed out the expansion of powers requested by lawmakers, like Schiff, and numerous former and current senior government officials who are targeting Trump supporters in an effort “turn our country into a police state.”
Gabbard posted a video and thread to Twitter Tuesday morning in which she railed against Schiff, who is the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Brennan, and “the oligarchs in Big Tech.” She argued that they have been trying to “undermine our constitutionally protected rights” in the aftermath of the riot that resulted in five deaths.
“The mob who stormed the Capitol on January 6 to try to stop Congress from carrying out its constitutional responsibilities were behaving like domestic enemies of our country,” Gabbard said. “But let’s be clear, the John Brennans, Adam Schiffs and the oligarchs in Big Tech who are trying to undermine our constitutionally protected rights and turn our country into a police state with KGB-style surveillance are also domestic enemies—and much more powerful, and therefore dangerous, than the mob that stormed the Capitol.”
The former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate then plays a clip of Brennan telling MSNBC that President Joe Biden’s nominees and appointees “are now moving in laser-like fashion to try to uncover as much as they can” about activities that he said were similar to “insurgency movements” that have cropped up abroad.
Back in 2019, Schiff introduced legislation that would have created a new federal statute for domestic terrorism. It should be noted that the legislation did acknowledge the room for abuse regarding such a statute, saying that a report on civil liberty issues that could crop up from the new statute to be released to the public within four years of the legislation being enacted.
In the aftermath of a mob storming the U.S. Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying President Joe Biden‘s 2020 election victory, supporting then-President Donald Trump‘s allegations on social media and on television that widespread fraud “stole” the election from him and “rigged” it, “Big Tech” companies have either suspended or permanently banned Trump and allies from their platforms.
After playing the clip of Brennan, Gabbard urged Biden and members of both parties in Congress to denounce such efforts.
“President Biden, I call upon you and all members of Congress from both parties to denounce these efforts by the likes of Brennan and others to take away our civil liberties that are endowed to us by our Creator and guaranteed in our Constitution. If you don’t stand up to these people now, then our country will be in great peril,” she said at the end of her video.
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