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Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a staunch non-interventionist, has angered and confounded many in her own party due to her questioning of the narrative that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad gassed his own people according to the Associated Press.
The Associated Press reports:
“This is Tulsi country, and maybe it’s not well understood by people who live in other parts of the United States,” said Richard Harris, 78, a Gabbard supporter who teaches political science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. “She’s doing what a congressperson should do.”
The 36-year-old Iraq War veteran is widely admired in Hawaii, where was first elected to the state Legislature at age 21, and a decade later, won a seat in the U.S. House, becoming both the first Hindu elected to Congress and the first member born in the U.S. territory of American Samoa.”
Gabbard has been extremely critical of the way the United States has handled the Syrian Civil War. She introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act into the House (Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Senate equivalent) and has been to Syria on a fact-finding mission where she met Assad.
“My point is: it’s not what I think, it’s not what you think, it’s not what anybody thinks,” said Gabbard when asked about her questioning Assad’s chemical weapon attack. “The point is actually understanding the evidence.”
She also has criticized the United States attacking a Syrian airbase where the chemical weapons attack allegedly came from, saying it reminded her of the intelligence that gave the justification for the United States invading Iraq in 2003.
“I and so many other veterans served in a war in Iraq that was based on false evidence and lies,” Gabbard said.
Howard Dean, a former DNC Chair and failed presidential candidate, tweeted that Gabbard should not be in Congress. But many in Hawaii disagree.