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Tulsi Gabbard Is Having A MAGA Moment After Her Debate Performance.

 
 
Reply Wed 14 Aug, 2019 09:31 pm
Tulsi Gabbard Is Having A MAGA Moment
After Her Debate Performance.


Published June 27, 2019

Quote:
MIAMI — Among some conservative pundits there was one clear winner of Wednesday night’s Democratic primary debate: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the long-shot, anti-war Hawaii member of Congress.

More than any other Democratic candidate, Gabbard has developed a favorable presence in the right-wing media. She’s made appearances from time to time on Fox News shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight, and her unorthodox candidacy has attracted praise from those farther to the right as well. Gabbard has been controversial; she has apologized for holding anti-gay views in the past, including onstage during the debate, and she has been heavily criticized for meeting with the brutal Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and for questioning whether his regime carried out chemical weapons attacks. But Wednesday night, she appeared to cement her status as the very online right’s favorite Democratic candidate.

On Wednesday night, Matt Drudge, the reclusive Drudge Report impresario, tweeted that Gabbard had won his site’s online debate poll. As of Thursday afternoon, Gabbard was featured on the top left of the Drudge Report, with several linked headlines like “SHOCK: GABBARD WINS FIRST DEBATE POLL…” and “AND SHE IS MOST SEARCHED NAME DURING DEBATE.”

Breitbart News devoted a lot of its debate coverage to Gabbard, writing several articles about her. Breitbart writer Joel Pollak livestreamed his exchange with Gabbard in the spin room after the debate, the only candidate who got that treatment.

The Drudge straw poll has you winning by far,” he asked her. “What was it that carried it for you?”

Gabbard gave a vague answer, beginning “I’m grateful to have had this opportunity here tonight to present who I am and why I’m running for president to the American people,” and Pollak asked her about a testy exchange she had with Rep. Tim Ryan over the war in Afghanistan. Pollak told Gabbard she “crushed” Ryan’s position and asked her “how the exchange felt.”

Pollak didn’t respond to a request for comment. “Joel just showed up as part of the gaggle,” Gabbard spokesperson Cullen Tiernan said in an email.

Gabbard’s sister tweeted from Gabbard’s account during the debate that the moderators were ignoring the candidate — “It’s clear who MSNBC wants to be president: Elizabeth Warren. They’re giving her more time than all the other candidates combined. They aren’t giving any time to Tulsi at all.” Breitbart News wrote the tweet up and tweeted, “The slow-motion coronation has begun.”

“The strategy is to speak with every single American because we all pay the price for decades of US failed interventionist foreign policy — not just Democrats,” Gabbard said in a statement to BuzzFeed News sent by a spokesperson. As for her sister’s tweet attacking MSNBC, she said “Look she’s my little sister — she was watching it live, and came to my defense as sisters do! I was on the stage so of course I wasn’t aware.”

For some on the right, the sole draw of Gabbard is her anti-interventionist worldview, which appeals to libertarians. “I actually think Andrew Yang probably has more appeal in some corners of the right than Tulsi,” said Andy Surabian, a Republican strategist and adviser to Donald Trump Jr., “For Tulsi the only real appeal I see is on the foreign policy side. She’s a committed non-interventionist in the Ron Paul mode, she appeals to some corners of the libertarian and populist right.”

Surabian suggested that she may have gotten on the radar of some swathes of the online right due to an interview she did with podcast host Joe Rogan, whose show has an enormous fanbase and who has often interviewed people from the political fringes.

He also pointed out that Gabbard’s almost singular focus on foreign policy and anti-interventionism means she talks about social issues less than the other candidates, making her easier to accept for those on the right. “Some also appreciate that she’s not obsessed or doesn’t seem to be obsessed with identity politics,” he said.

She’s been on Trump world’s radar for years. Former Breitbart News chair and Trump official Steve Bannon reportedly brokered a meeting between Gabbard and then-president elect Donald Trump after the 2016 election, and recent leaked documents showed that the Trump transition team had vetted her for an administration position.

Mike Cernovich, the new right social media personality, tweeted Wednesday night about the increase in Google searches for Gabbard, writing, “Tulsi Gabbard was breakthrough star of the night.”

“It’s hard to explain but she has a good energy, a certain dignity to her that’s absent in the rest of the field,” Cernovich said in an interview Thursday. He said he found her views on foreign policy appealing, and said he knew many who felt even more warmly toward her. “I think a lot of people would vote for her over Trump,” he said. MAGA people.” Despite this, Cernovich said Gabbard hadn’t done any outreach to his cohort.

“I’m sure it’s a tricky predicament for her,” he said.

Right-wing commentator Ann Coulter, who tweeted “Go Tulsi!” after Gabbard tussled with Ryan over Afghanistan onstage during the debate, said she watched the debate with a liberal and a moderate on Wednesday and all three preferred Gabbard over the rest of the field. “It’s really astounding that Tulsi is the only Democrat running frontally and unambiguously as anti-war,” Coulter wrote in an email, calling the Democrats “as relentless a war party as the Republicans at their worst. Only more feckless.” Asked if she would consider voting for Gabbard either during the Democratic primary or even in the general election against President Trump if she won the nomination, Coulter replied “possibly both.”

Not every Gabbard fan on the right is willing to praise her publicly. “She feasted on [Tim] Ryan, we love her,” said one prominent conservative who refused to talk about Gabbard on the record for fear of hurting her candidacy.

According to a Fox News source, Gabbard is scheduled to appear on Tucker Carlson’s show Thursday night.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/rosiegray/tulsi-gabbard-maga-debate
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neptuneblue
 
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Reply Wed 14 Aug, 2019 09:48 pm
@Real Music,
Nah, not feeling it...

Next....
Real Music
 
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Reply Wed 14 Aug, 2019 09:59 pm
@neptuneblue,
I'm not a fan of Tulsi Gabbard.

I am just pointing out who her fans are.

It appears that conservative pundits support Tulsi Gabbard because they hope that she will cause division in the democratic party.

It also appears that Russia supports Tulsi Gabbard because they also hope she will cause division in the democratic party.

Russia and the conservative pundits are trying to make Tulsi Gabbard into the next Jill Stein for the next presidential election, for the sole purpose of helping Trump get re-elected.

This playbook help Trump get elected the first time.

Russia trolls and conservative pundits are hoping to duplicate that strategy for the 2020 presidential election.
jespah
 
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Reply Thu 15 Aug, 2019 05:03 am
@Real Music,
This^

And if they get tired of her, or don't think she'll siphon off enough votes, they'll move onto someone else
oralloy
 
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Reply Thu 15 Aug, 2019 07:04 am
I've been looking for a Democratic candidate who doesn't hate the Second Amendment. I just read your article here about how conservatives like her, and went and looked up her record to see if she's the one I've been looking for.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsi_Gabbard#Gun_rights

This is a significant positive:
"Gabbard was one of the few Democratic representatives to vote for the National Rifle Association (NRA)-supported Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act"

But I'm afraid that this is a dealbreaker:
"Gabbard has co-sponsored bills that would ban assault weapons"

My search for a Democratic candidate that I can vote for continues.
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RABEL222
 
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Reply Thu 15 Aug, 2019 09:30 am
@Real Music,
Russia supports Tutsi? Can you post a proof of this or is it more Russian interference?
revelette1
 
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Reply Thu 15 Aug, 2019 10:07 am
Well, if it is true she is getting her support from the far right (it actually makes sense as they are nationalist) it is working. She is within 3 striking distance of being able to qualify for the next debate. I imagine she is not too picky who supports her as long as someone does.

Quote:
Mr. Castro, Ms. Gabbard, Ms. Gillibrand and Mr. Steyer are all within striking distance. Mr. Castro and Mr. Steyer need only one more qualifying poll; Ms. Gabbard needs three more; and Ms. Gillibrand needs about 30,000 more donors as well as three more qualifying polls.


NYT
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Real Music
 
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Reply Thu 15 Aug, 2019 03:18 pm
@jespah,
Quote:
This^

And if they get tired of her, or don't think she'll siphon off enough votes, they'll move onto someone else

That is always a possibility.
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Real Music
 
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Reply Thu 15 Aug, 2019 10:13 pm
@RABEL222,
Quote:
Russia supports Tulsi? Can you post a proof of this or is it more Russian interference?

https://able2know.org/topic/522710-1
Brand X
 
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Reply Fri 16 Aug, 2019 03:31 am
Tulsi has become the latest favorite candidate to be smeared, second to Bernie.
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Fri 16 Aug, 2019 11:49 am
Most of the commentary here is absurd.

I like Gabbard and it has nothing to do with what dissent she can create...clearly she can't create much as she's not even close to the frontrunners.

I would never vote for her against Trump and neither would most conservatives but if we only had to choose among the current Dem contenders I would go with her, Yang and maybe Delaney
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RABEL222
 
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Reply Fri 16 Aug, 2019 12:52 pm
@Real Music,
This was just another opinion piece.
Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Fri 16 Aug, 2019 01:29 pm
@Real Music,
If Russia is at all fond of Gabbard it's because she has a generally non-inteference approach to foreign affairs.
revelette1
 
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Reply Sat 17 Aug, 2019 08:11 am
@Finn dAbuzz,
Or the fact she sided with Assad, a war criminal with good relations with Russia.
snood
 
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Reply Sat 17 Aug, 2019 09:47 am
@RABEL222,
RABEL222 wrote:

This was just another opinion piece.

It’s not opinion that several right wing media outlets are favoring Gabbard.
Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Sat 17 Aug, 2019 12:07 pm
@revelette1,
Which was part and parcel of her non-interference philosophy. I hope you're not trying to suggest she has no problem with Assad's tyrannical and violent tactics.

Obama failed to react against Assad when he crossed his stated redline. Does that mean he was trying to curry favor with Russia?
RABEL222
 
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Reply Sat 17 Aug, 2019 08:07 pm
@snood,
If you don't mind ill wait awhile till its closer to the election before I start elenimateing contestants.
snood
 
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Reply Sat 17 Aug, 2019 08:45 pm
@RABEL222,
RABEL222 wrote:

If you don't mind ill wait awhile till its closer to the election before I start elenimateing contestants.


What do you mean? Who’s eliminating contestants?
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Lash
 
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Reply Sun 18 Aug, 2019 07:09 am
@revelette1,
She did not ‘side’ with Assad.
snood
 
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Reply Sun 18 Aug, 2019 07:34 am
Gabbard does not “side” with Assad in the same way that Trump does not “side” with Nazis and Proud Boys. Whenever asked directly to condemn their atrocities and/or offenses, both will deflect and claim ignorance, or say that they are just not “focused” on that aspect.
 

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