Rep. Gabbard asks Yang voters to join her campaign

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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has pledged to “carry the torch” following Andrew Yang’s withdrawal from the 2020 presidential race. On Wednesday, Gabbard bid Yang farewell and said she has enjoyed getting to know him.

The lawmaker also mentioned she will continue to push Yang’s key proposal of universal basic income. She added that it will encourage job growth and productivity in the United States.

“I’ll continue to carry this torch of universal basic income that will reinvigorate our middle class and those struggling just to make ends meet, bridge the income gap, and unleash an era of entrepreneurship and productivity,” stated Gabbard.

Gabbard finished seventh in the New Hampshire primary with more than three percent of the vote.

Democratic presidential candidate businessman Andrew Yang speaks during the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Meanwhile, Andrew Yang is saying Americans haven’t seen the last of him just yet.

On Wednesday, the former candidate suggested he is eyeing executive political roles following the suspension of his presidential campaign.

The businessman also claimed he is open to serving as vice president or a member of the potentially Democrat-led administration. While he has yet to endorse a candidate, he previously said he has one condition for his support.

“If anybody wants my endorsement, all you have to do is come out for universal basic income,” said Yang. “Say every American should get $1,000 a month, and I will be there on the campaign trail the next day.”

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Rep. Gabbard asks Yang voters to join her campaign

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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has pledged to “carry the torch” following Andrew Yang’s withdrawal from the 2020 presidential race. On Wednesday, Gabbard bid Yang farewell and said she has enjoyed getting to know him.

The lawmaker also mentioned she will continue to push Yang’s key proposal of universal basic income. She added that it will encourage job growth and productivity in the United States.

“I’ll continue to carry this torch of universal basic income that will reinvigorate our middle class and those struggling just to make ends meet, bridge the income gap, and unleash an era of entrepreneurship and productivity,” stated Gabbard.

Gabbard finished seventh in the New Hampshire primary with more than three percent of the vote.

Democratic presidential candidate businessman Andrew Yang speaks during the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Meanwhile, Andrew Yang is saying Americans haven’t seen the last of him just yet.

On Wednesday, the former candidate suggested he is eyeing executive political roles following the suspension of his presidential campaign.

The businessman also claimed he is open to serving as vice president or a member of the potentially Democrat-led administration. While he has yet to endorse a candidate, he previously said he has one condition for his support.

“If anybody wants my endorsement, all you have to do is come out for universal basic income,” said Yang. “Say every American should get $1,000 a month, and I will be there on the campaign trail the next day.”

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Rep. Gabbard calls for resignation of DNC Chair Perez

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Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is calling for the resignation of DNC Chair Tom Perez over the Iowa caucus snafu. On Sunday, Gabbard said Perez is not running an efficient primary.

“Voters deserve the peace of mind that our primary elections are fair, transparent and impartial,” she said. “Unfortunately, their trust has been broken.”

She also slammed the DNC for their debate qualifications, which have kept her from participating in the last three debates. Last week in Iowa, election results were plagued with inconsistencies that resulted in late results.

The 2020 hopeful said her issue with the committee transcends beyond the confusion caused by the Iowa caucus.

“Look, ultimately this is a failure of leadership, and I think DNC Chair Tom Perez should resign,” stated Gabbard. “It’s both because of what we’ve seen happen in Iowa, but also over the last several months, the growing skepticism that I hear from Democrat voters (whether) this primary will actually be carried out in a fair way.”

Gabbard is campaigning in New Hampshire, where she’s currently polling at 3.3 percent. State residents will vote in their primary on Tuesday.

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Hillary Clinton dodges Rep. Gabbard’s defamation lawsuit

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Hillary Clinton is refusing to be served in connection with 2020 Democrat Tulsi Gabbard’s defamation lawsuit. Since the suit was filed last week, Clinton and her legal team have turned away the formal complaint twice so far.

In one instance, Secret Service reportedly turned away a court server in New York. In another instance, Clinton’s lawyer refused to accept the paperwork on her behalf. Gabbard’s lawyer said he finds it “rather unbelievable that Clinton is so intimidated” that she won’t accept service of process.

The $50 million lawsuit comes after Clinton suggested Gabbard was a “Russian asset,” which is a matter the Hawaii representative has said Clinton must be held accountable for. She believes Clinton tried to paint her as a “traitor” to the U.S., which the lawmaker refuted by touting her 17 years of military service.

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Athough Clinton never mentioned Gabbard by name, the 2020 Democrat has said the attack was clearly directed towards her. In the meantime, Gabbard’s legal team is exploring alternative options to move forward.

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is taking action against attacks from Hillary Clinton by filing a $50 million defamation lawsuit against the former secretary of state. The 2020 hopeful filed the suit on Wednesday in response to Clinton’s prior accusation that Gabbard was a “Russian asset.”

“I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on someone that’s currently in the Democratic primary. They’re grooming her to be the third party candidate. She’s the favorite of the Russians, they have a bunch of sights and bots, and other ways of supporting her so far.”

– Hillary Clinton, Former First Lady of the United States

On Thursday, Gabbard said Clinton tried to paint her as a “traitor” to the U.S., which the lawmaker refuted by touting her 17 years of military service. She added if Clinton had the power to make this attack against her, she has the ability to turn on anybody.

Although Clinton did not explicitly name Gabbard in her comments, she said she believes the ambushes are rooted in her outspoken opposition to Clinton’s foreign policy and her endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016.

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The representative recently took another stand against Clinton, in defense of Sanders, after the former secretary of state said “nobody” likes or wants to work with the Vermont senator.

“They said, ‘Clinton will never forget.’ That she and her rich, powerful friends, her allies in politics and the media will make sure that you are destroyed. Well, there have been countless hit pieces and smears against me from day one of this campaign. They’ve tried to destroy my reputation and my lifetime of service because I stood up to them.”

– Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Representative (D-Hawaii, 2nd District)

Gabbard’s defense team alleged this is the reason Clinton has gone after the 2020 hopeful. They called her “cutthroat” for lobbing so-called “false assertions” at the lawmaker to derail her presidential campaign.

Gabbard said the lawsuit was necessary to keep the former senator and other Democrat elites “accountable” for their actions.

“If you stand up to Hillary and the party power brokers…they will destroy you and discredit your message,” said Gabbard. “But here is the truth: They will not intimidate us, they will not silence us.”

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DNC raises eyebrows for snubbing Tulsi Gabbard from 2020 ‘unity’ ad featuring other candidates

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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) made a glaring omission from its new ad campaign urging "unity" among 2020 candidates.

A new fundraising effort launched on Monday for the DNC's "Democratic Unity Fund" features 10 presidential hopefuls taking turns reading the same message. The ad includes former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., tech businessman Andrew Yang, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer, and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

"I'm running to be your nominee, but no matter who ends up on that stage as our nominee in the convention, we need the whole Democratic Party to unite if we want to take back the White House and win seats all across the country and deliver a presidency consistent with our Democratic values," the candidates told viewers. "Unity is what this moment in history demands of us right now because the stakes have never been higher. As Democrats, we know there is so much more that unites us than divides us. And next year, we have the opportunity to make sure that our shared values are represented."

However, many observers noticed other 2020 candidates were missing from the ad, primarily Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii.

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Gabbard has ruffled feathers within the Democratic Party in recent weeks by carrying on a fiery feud with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who suggested that the Hawaii congresswoman was being groomed by the Russians. She also angered party leaders by voting "present" on last week's articles of impeachment against President Trump.

But critics pointed out how the ad included Deval Patrick, who polled at 0 percent in the latest Fox News poll.

"So Deval Patrick gets included [but] @TulsiGabbard does not?" The Hill chief Washington correspondent Saagar Enjeti asked.

"Strange, a certain woman of color is missing from this video," journalist Michael Tracey reacted.

"Democrats come together in 'Unity' to exclude Tulsi," The Nation contributor Aaron Maté tweeted.

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The Gabbard campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News for comment.

Other candidates not featured in the ad include former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, former congressman John Delaney, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson.

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Former Hawaii governor calls for Tulsi Gabbard to resign over missed House votes

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Former Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie called on Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, to resign Monday, telling reporters that her congressional district deserves to be "fully represented."

Abercrombie, a Democrat who also spent nearly 20 years in the House of Representatives, told reporters that he found Gabbard's multiple missed votes on the House floor due to her ongoing 2020 presidential bid unacceptable. He specifically cited Gabbard's recent missed vote on an omnibus spending bill, as well as her "present" vote on President Trump's impeachment.

According to the website govtrack.us, Gabbard missed 88.7% of the 141 House votes taken in the past three months.

Gabbard voted "present" on both articles of impeachment — the only lawmaker to do so. All Republicans and two Democrats — including one who has since switched parties to the GOP — voted against the articles.

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"Throughout my life, whether through serving in the military or in Congress, I’ve always worked to do what is in the best interests of our country. Not what’s best for me politically or what’s best for my political party," Gabbard said last week. "After doing my due diligence in reviewing the 658-page impeachment report, I came to the conclusion that I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no."

She previously announced she will not be running for reelection in 2020, choosing instead to focus on her White House bid. She posted a video in October announcing the move and expressing gratitude to the people of her district.

At his press conference, Abercrombie said Gabbard must resign her seat “the sooner the better” because “she’s missing votes on almost everything."

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The former governor is also the campaign co-chairman for Hawaii State Sen. Kai Kahele of Hilo, a Democrat seeking to succeed Gabbard next November. The district, which covers the entire state except for urban Honolulu, has never elected a Republican.

Rep. Ed Case, D-Hawaii, the state's other U.S. representative, voted in favor of impeaching Trump.

A Gabbard representative didn’t immediately respond to messages from the Associated Press on Abercrombie's call for her resignation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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President Trump lauded Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for voting “present” on the two articles of impeachment approved last week in the Democratic-controlled House.

“I give her respect. She didn’t vote the other day. I give her a lot of respect. Because she knew it was wrong. She took a pass,” Trump said during a speech Saturday to the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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Gabbard, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said she voted against impeachment because it did not have bipartisan support.

“Trump is guilty of wrongdoing,” the Hawaii Democrat said in a statement after the vote. “I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country.”

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Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard doubled down Thursday on her decision to vote “present” on two articles of impeachment against President Trump that cleared the House on Wednesday.

The House voted 230 to 197 to impeach Trump for abuse of power, and 229 to 198 for obstruction of Congress. Votes fell mostly along party lines but Gabbard, a 2020 presidential hopeful, cast the only “present” vote on each article of impeachment.

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After the vote, the Hawaii congresswoman issued a lengthy statement saying Trump “violated public trust,” but that voters would be able to hold him accountable in the 2020 election.

“I could not in good conscience vote against impeachment because I believe President Trump is guilty of wrongdoing,” she explained. “I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting president must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country.”

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Her decision was widely criticized as being non-committal. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said that “to not take a stand one way or another, on a day of such great consequence to this country, I think is quite difficult.”

Gabbard took to Twitter to elaborate on her “present” vote as an “active protest” against the “zero-sum” game that Democrats and Republicans "have trapped America in."

“Politics should not be a zero-sum game but tragically, that’s exactly what it’s become, and it’s polluted the whole nature of our politics,” she said in a video. “The point of politics should be about doing maximum damage to your opponents just to win.”

She went on to say that her vote was “opting out of this zero-sum game mindset and back into one of negotiation and compromise.”

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Gabbard has risen to prominence as an outsider in her party. A military veteran still serving as an Army National Guard officer, she has blasted U.S. foreign policy while also sporadically defending Trump. She has used the Democratic presidential debate stage to attack California Sen. Kamala Harris, who has since dropped out of the race.

She also got into a caustic public back-and-forth with Hillary Clinton, after the 2016 nominee suggested — without evidence — that Russia is using Gabbard in the 2020 campaign.

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Gabbard retorted by calling Clinton “the queen of warmongers … and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.”

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a fellow Democrat, for voting “present” on articles of impeachment against President Trump, saying, “we are sent here to lead.”

Gabbard, the Hawaii Democrat and presidential hopeful, surprised Ocasio-Cortez when she chose not to take a side on such a monumental issue of impeachment.

“Today was very consequential, and to not take a stand one way or another, on a day of such great consequence to this country, I think is quite difficult,” Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said after the vote. “We are sent here to lead.”

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Gabbard skipped the procedural votes in the morning and just as the first vote on impeachment for abuse of power was winding down, Gabbard stunned with her lone “present” vote. She followed with a second “present” vote on obstruction of Congress.

“Whenever we have a vote, we should vote ‘yes’ and we should vote ‘no,’” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Voting ‘present’ is a very tough position to be in. To not take a stand in a moment that is so consequential, I think it’s quite difficult.

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She continued, “I'm sure she'll be answering [questions] and discussing her rationale in the days ahead.”

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Ocasio-Cortez has supported Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in the 2020 presidential race and suggested Gabbard’s non-committal vote could be a factor in the primary election.

“That’s certainly something that voters will decide. I know a lot of Democrats and just a lot of Americans believe that this president must be held accountable,” the New York Democrat said.

Ocasio-Cortez spoke briefly to reporters outside the Capitol after the impeachment vote as she held her green voting cards she had just used to vote ‘yes’ on the two articles of impeachment against Trump.

The New York Democrat was greeted by well-wishers wanting pictures Wednesday night, but she quickly had to bolt to an awaiting car when a couple of Trump supporters started screaming at her. The men in red caps briefly tussled with her supporters and yelled: “Shame on you, AOC,” and, “You are a traitor to this country!”

Gabbard put out a long statement explaining her present vote as wanting to “make a stand for the center.”

She wrote, “After doing my due diligence in reviewing the 658-page impeachment report, I came to the conclusion that I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no.”

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Gabbard added: “I could not in good conscience vote against impeachment because I believe President Trump is guilty of wrongdoing.

“I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country.”

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Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard declined to vote in favor of two articles of impeachment against President Trump after a contentious debate Wednesday, choosing to vote "present" instead.

The House voted 230 to 197 to impeach Trump for abuse of power, mostly along party lines. Lawmakers also voted to impeach the president on a second article, obstruction of Congress, in a 229-198 vote.

Gabbard, a 2020 presidential hopeful, released a lengthy statement following the votes.

"Throughout my life, whether through serving in the military or in Congress, I’ve always worked to do what is in the best interests of our country. Not what’s best for me politically or what’s best for my political part," Gabbard said. "After doing my due diligence in reviewing the 658-page impeachment report, I came to the conclusion that I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no."

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii speaks to Democrats gathered at the Spratt Issues Conference in Greenville, S.C., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. Gabbard voted "present" on both articles of impeachment against President Trump on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii speaks to Democrats gathered at the Spratt Issues Conference in Greenville, S.C., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. Gabbard voted "present" on both articles of impeachment against President Trump on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

She said she believes Trump is guilty of wrongdoing but that she could not vote in favor of impeachment, saying the process must not be a "culmination of a partisan process."

"When I cast my vote in support of the impeachment inquiry nearly three months ago, I said that in order to maintain the integrity of this solemn undertaking, it must not be a partisan endeavor," Gabbard said. "Tragically, that’s what it has been. "

The Hawaiian congresswoman's break from her party makes her the only White House contender to not favor impeachment.

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The impeachment now heads to the GOP-controlled Senate, where Trump is expected to be acquitted.

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Tulsi Gabbard accuses White House of defending Saudi kingdom after NAS Pensacola shooting: ‘Saudi Arabia is not our ally’

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Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, on Tuesday slammed the Trump administration, claiming it defended the Saudi kingdom in the wake of last week’s deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.

She also accused President Trump of failing to speak up for “for those families who just lost their loved ones.”

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”This was a terrorist attack that took the lives of three American service members and injured eight others,” Gabbard said in an interview on Hill.TV's “Rising.” “We need to call it for what it is instead of what President Trump has done with his own remarks, with Secretary Pompeo basically putting out messages as though they are the spokespersons for the Saudi kingdom rather than standing up for our country’s national security and what’s in the best interest of our country.”

“Saudi Arabia is not our ally. As president, I will state that very clearly and they will continue to not be our ally as long as they are both directly and indirectly supporting terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda and others,” Gabbard said.

Also Tuesday, the Pentagon suspended all 852 Saudi military students at NAS Pensacola after a gunman opened fire there last week, killing three military members and injuring eight others before being shot dead by police. The FBI later identified the shooter as 21-year-old Saudi Royal Air Force Second Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani. The attack has prompted a broader Defense Department review of all international training on U.S. military bases.

After the attack, President Trump tweeted that he had spoken with Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

“King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack that took place in Pensacola, Florida….” Trump tweeted Friday. “The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people.”
In his initial reaction to the shooting, Trump said: “Just received a full briefing on the tragic shooting at NAS Pensacola in Florida, and spoke to @GovRonDeSantis. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. We are continuing to monitor the situation as the investigation is ongoing.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also tweeted last week.

“I just spoke with Foreign Minister Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia who expressed his condolences and sadness at the loss of life in the horrific attack in Pensacola, Florida yesterday. The families and friends of those killed, and those wounded, will be in our thoughts and prayers,” Pompeo wrote.

Trump has faced backlash in the past over his support for the Saudi royal family in the wake of the slaying of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi, who was allegedly killed and dismembered by Saudi operatives inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul last year.

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On Monday, Gabbard – a vocal critic of the Saudi kingdom in the past — announced she won’t be attending the Democrats’ next debate “regardless” of whether she qualifies for the Dec. 19 event in Los Angeles. She had met the donor requirement to qualify for the debate but had yet to meet a requirement that she earn 4-percent support in at least four national or early-state polls approved by the Democratic National Committee [DNC] — or hit 6 percent in two approved early-state polls. The cutoff date is Wednesday.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Bradford Betz and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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