Tulsi Gabbard, a former representative from the state of Hawaii said Friday that both Democratic and Republican lawmakers are potentially going to lose their ability to help govern the nation if they stand on any principles that don’t align with what their party tells them, according to The Daily Caller.
During an appearance on “Fox News Primetime” for former House member said that lawmakers on both sides risk being destroyed by the “establishment elite” if they stand up for their principles:
“This is a bigger problem than Democrats or Republicans,” Gabbard told host Will Cain. “This is about the establishment elite trying to hold on to their power and continue to increase it. And the mainstream media is a powerful arm of that establishment elite,” she continued.
The former United States Army Lieutenant Colonel went on to note that politicians are either “with them, agreeing with them, supporting them, carrying the water for them,” in party leadership or they’re against the party.
Gabbard, seemingly speaking from her own experience, went on to say that if you’re not in lockstep with what the “elite” in the parties want, they “target you, censor you, demonize you, and call you a domestic terrorist and stick the attorney general on you. Seeing you as a threat to their power and, therefore, the enemy.”
According to Gabbard, America is “facing some incredibly serious challenges” that require “competent and caring leaders who put the interest of the people and our country above all else. But that’s not what we have.”
Cain referenced Gabbard’s virtual interaction with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton where she called the then-Hawaii representative “a favorite of the Russians.”
This brand was put on the former Army colonel because she was viewed as a while card in the 2020 Democratic presidential race early on, and was something Gabbard had an understandably strong reaction to.