Tulsi Update: March 15, 2019 (KPFA Interview, SF Bay Area/Las Vegas Visits)
KPFA RADIO APPEARANCE
Yesterday morning, Tulsi gave a 20-minute interview on Flashpoints on KPFA radio.
For those of you who were earlier seeking more detail about what she would do as commander-in-chief, and if she is really a secret shill for the military-industrial complex, I think this is the clearest interview yet about what she would do and has done in that area.
The only part that I was a bit uncomfortable about was when host Dennis Bernstein asked about Ilhan Omar's recent comments about AIPAC, and Tulsi kind of danced all around the issue without addressing it directly. However, Bernstein then got more specific about some of the awful Israeli things going on, and for the first time I heard Tulsi express support for a two-state solution and call the settlements illegal and say some things at odds with the current Israeli regime. I realize she does not want to piss off a potential Jewish voting base (thus, the evasiveness), and she is trying to avoid being lambasted by the mainstream media by yet another thing to crucify her on. But, I am no longer convinced that she is an Israeli shill.
My conclusions: Tulsi really is the only candidate for peace out there. She really means it when she says we need to focus that military money at home. And, in my opinion, you really cannot effect serious change here at home unless you transition a large part of that economy from the military-industrial-intelligence (spy) complex to things here at home.
You can download that as an MP3 file if you wish. Two things: Dennis calls her a Senator in the first couple minutes of the show (she is a Representative), although he catches himself later. Also, Tulsi gets the day wrong for her San Francisco appearance at the end!
Speaking of which:
TUSLI TOURING SF BAY AREA AND LAS VEGAS
Tulsi's campaign has made her upcoming appearances available through a public Facebook page here (you don't have to be a member to view it):
Tomorrow, Saturday, she will appear in San Francisco at the University of San Francisco.
Sunday, she will make two appearances in Fremont, CA. Fremont is not far from San Jose on the south end of the Bay, and is home to large populations having Muslim and India ethnicities.
Monday, she will appear in Las Vegas--her first appearance in Nevada, which has an early caucus.
ATTENDANCE NOTE ON UPCOMING APPEARANCES
If you look at the above even page, it has numbers as to how many people are registered to attend her appearances. With the exception of one appearance in NH and the recent one in Philly, none have really had more than 100 people registered to attend.
The SF appearance has over 600, Fremont shows about 1,300, and Las Vegas close to 400 people attending. This might be a good way to indirectly track if her popularity is rising or falling, and I'll be tracking that and reporting on that moving forward.