Tulsi Gabbard is quickly learning how duplicitous politics is in a presidential race. Last week, the US House Representative from Hawaii considered boycotting the fourth round of debates. This was due to alleged meddling in the debate and nomination process.
History of Meddling
These accusations are nothing new to the Democratic National Committee. In 2016, former interim DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile accused the Democrat establishment of railroading grassroots organizers. Wikileaks later provided evidence proving the claim.
Representative Gabbard’s claims come as the DNC did not invite her to the September debates. First, the DNC required candidates to receive donations from 130,000 individuals. Additionally, they mandated that candidates receive 2% in at least four early-state polls.
In August, Gabbard met the donor threshold, but only met one poll requirement.
Gabbard’s claim is different from Brazile’s 2016 accusation.
In 2016, Brazile alleged that Hillary Clinton was in control of the party’s finances as she ran against Sanders. She claimed Clinton controlled party finances before a nominee was favored or even nominated.
Gabbard claims that the DNC is working with the media to prop up their favored candidates while ignoring grassroots campaigns. In July, she filed a lawsuit against Google for $50million. Allegedly, Google suspended her advertising campaign as she was attempting to attract donors to qualify for debates
Additionally, Gabbard claims that the debate criteria are arbitrary. That, in addition with media bias, the field is narrowing before voters have an opportunity to make an informed choice.
Gabbard to Debate
Early Monday Morning, Gabbard posted on Twitter that she would be debating in October.
This came to the relief of many, who voiced their support soon after.
The fourth Democratic Debate is on October 15th at 8 p.m. EST. It will feature 11 other candidates aside from Representative Gabbard.