The Democrats finally have a presidential candidate who has support from both sides of the aisle, and they hate her. Tulsi Gabbard has espoused “radical centrist” policies on a plethora of controversial issues, ranging from Islamic terrorism to foreign policy and LGBT rights.
A Democratic representative from Hawaii, Gabbard was a staunch critic of what she called the Obama administration’s “rudderless” foreign policy, which managed to get several conservative pundits and politicians suggesting she should be appointed to President Trump’s White House staff. Gabbard took things a step further, by calling out her fellow Democrats for refusing to use the term “Islamic terrorism,” and suggested her disbelief that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons on his own citizens after a brief but friendly visit with Assad I personally coined #AlohaAssad. She befriended former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, won applause from Conservative pundit Tucker Carlson and surprised everyone when she expressed admiration for Trump’s diplomatic success in Korea. This, coupled with her defense of Christianity, criticism of Israel and recently-unearthed “homophobic” comments have managed to land her square in the middle of a widening political gap. This ideological no-man’s-land was heretofore reserved for Libertarians, Classical Liberals and that Ross Perot guy that millennials vaguely recognize from beyond the mental haze resulting from years of smoking pot and drinking heavily.
“To try to act as if there is a difference between ‘civil unions’ and same-sex marriage is dishonest, cowardly and extremely disrespectful to the people of Hawaii. As Democrats, we should be representing the views of the people, not a small number of homosexual extremists.”
To be fair, plenty of Republicans hate her with enough intensity to convince their deep-pocketed NeoCon donors they’re sufficiently conservative and totally deserve another $50,000 towards their 12th congressional election campaign. And her scathing criticism of Trump’s policies in Saudi Arabia left the usual warhawks less than captivated by her charm: “Being Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not ‘America First.’” What’s both entertaining and unsurprising is the vitriol the left has for what otherwise would appear to be a perfect Democratic presidential nominee. She’s a female minority who holds traditionally leftist positions on environmental issues, healthcare and gun control and has a growing base of supporters in both the moderate Democrat base and the progressive Bernie camp. The fact that many conservatives speak positively of the woman in this era of divisive politics doesn’t matter to liberals, because this has become a zero sum game played by those who wish to win at any cost.