Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has turned into one of the left’s biggest targets in recent months. The heterodox lawmaker, who will wrap up her tenure in Congress at the end of the month, has made a name for herself by being a Democrat of the decidedly anti-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mold. Never afraid to challenge Democratic Party beliefs and ideas, Gabbard ruffled feathers in recent weeks by introducing legislation that one might expect from a Republican lawmaker.
In one, she proposed a bill that would protect the lives of babies born after botched abortions. In another, she championed legislation that would keep transgender “women” out of sports intended for biological females. To Gabbard, these are common-sense bills that should enjoy support from reasonable politicians on both sides of the aisle. To her critics, however, they cast the Hawaiian lawmaker as a “right wing shill” and a “transphobe.”
“I welcome real criticism and debate,” Gabbard said in an interview with The New York Post this weekend. “But my so-called critics don’t want to debate the issues. They just want to engage in smears and slurs and name-calling and innuendo.”
In further remarks that you’ll never hear out of any other elected Democrat’s mouth (with the possible exception of West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin), Gabbard took a hit at the woke focus of the party.
“Identity politics is having an incredibly destructive effect on our country rather than recognizing what connects all Americans,” she said. “It’s being done to help people and parties get in power and stay in power by pitting individual Americans against each other.”
Gabbard said that she isn’t impressed by politicians whose sole claim to fame comes from their special status as a person of color or a woman. Asked what she thought about Kamala Harris becoming the first black Vice President, Gabbard took her time to answer.
“I will point again to what I said about identity politics,” she said. “The word ‘diversity’ gets tossed around a lot. You want to have people in our government who are best suited to serving the American people. There’s a lot of criticism about the people Biden is choosing. Maybe don’t have everyone coming in from the elite world of Washington. How about having some diversity in the actual qualifications you bring to the job?”
You mean, prioritize experience and intellect over skin color, ethnicity, and gender?
If Gabbard was the face of the Democratic Party, we might have a sane, functioning form of politics again.