The knives comes out for Tulsi
Tulsi wasn't supposed to do that.
Not only was she not supposed to attack Kamala Harris, but she most certainly wasn't supposed to have landed such an effective blow and lived to tell about it.
Harris is the establishment's primary backup candidate after Biden.
She was supposed to coast through the primaries while all the attention was on Handsy Joe. Now she's wounded, and the establishment is royally pissed.
Like Jill Stein and Donald Trump, Gabbard is counting on Russian support. This is why she won’t criticize Assad. This is what we’ve become. An election rife with foreign influence. This is how they attack our election security, not by hacking, but by doing this. https://t.co/delzVncET1
— Naveed Jamali (@NaveedAJamali) August 1, 2019
Apparently Congresswoman Gabbard missed the debacles in Iraq and Syria when Obama rejected sound military advice.
If you want al-Qaeda and ISIS to come back in Afghanistan follow her so-called leadership and watch terrorism come roaring back.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 1, 2019
.@KamalaHarris calls @TulsiGabbard an "apologist for an individual, Assad, who has murdered people in his country like cockroaches. She has embraced and been an apologist for him... I can only take her criticisms so seriously."
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) August 1, 2019
What is interesting is how the attacks are coming from both the right...
"This current president is continuing to betray us. We were supposed to be going after al Qaeda, but over years now, not only have we not gone after al Qaeda, who's stronger today than they were on 9/11, our president is supporting al Qaeda," Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, said. She later clarified after the debate that Trump's alliance with Saudi Arabia indirectly supports al Qaeda.
Trump told reporters Thursday that Gabbard's statement is "ridiculous," citing progress his administration has made in fighting terrorism abroad.
"So nobody knows what she meant by that ... She doesn't know what she's talking about," Trump said. "So for her to make that statement is ridiculous, frankly."
...and the left.
Tulsi Gabbard is running for president of a country that she believes has wrought horror on the world, and she wants its citizens to remember that.
She is from Hawaii, and she spends each morning surfing. But that is not what she talks about in this unlikely campaign. She talks about the horror.
She lists countries: Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Cuba, Vietnam, Iraq. Failure after failure, she says. To drive the point home, she wants to meet on a Sioux tribe reservation in North Dakota, where, she explains, the United States government committed its original atrocity.
“Tracking metrics of Russian state propaganda on Twitter, she was by far the most favored candidate,” said Clinton Watts, a former F.B.I. agent and senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. “She’s the Kremlin’s preferred Democrat. She is such a useful agent of influence for them. Whether she knows it’s happening or not, they love what she’s saying.”
The appeal, Mr. Watts explained, is clear: “She’s a U.S. military officer and a Democrat who says the U.S. should withdraw from the world.”
The establishment's patience with Tulsi is coming to an end.
She'll get the Jeremy Corbyn treatment soon if she doesn't back off.