She may not be leading the polls, but Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has certainly raised her profile during her run for the White House. She’s also made more than her share of enemies along the way. See, for example, Soledad O’Brien Calls War Veteran Tulsi Gabbard a ‘Coward’ After ‘Present’ Vote and It Does Not Go Well and Tulsi Gabbard and Kamala Harris Come to Blows Again.
And who can forget her tussle with Hillary Clinton over Clinton’s “Russian asset” accusations?! (READ: Hillary Better Watch Out, Tulsi Just Showed How Fit She Is to Take Her On.)
Now, a fellow Hawaiian is tut-tutting her vote regarding impeachment. Per The Hill, her home state’s former Governor, Neil Abercrombie (also a Democrat), is now calling on her to resign her House seat because she had the audacity to vote “present,” rather than “Yea” (or, Heaven forbid, “Nay”) on the impeachment of President Trump.
“I feel very strongly the 2nd District of Hawaii must be fully represented,” Abercrombie, a Democrat who previously served in the House for nearly two decades, said at a press conference, according to the Honolulu Civil Beat.
Abercrombie said Gabbard should step down and allow a special election to fill her seat. Gabbard, who has served in the House since 2013, has already said that she will not seek reelection to focus on her presidential campaign.
For her part, Gabbard appears unphased by the jab.
Gabbard’s office pushed back against Abercrombie, citing her “major legislative wins” for her district including “opportunities for defense contracting for Native Hawaiian companies” and “better reporting on Red Hill aquifer protection.”
“Hawaiʻi is Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s home and her heart,” communications director T. Ilihia Gionson said in a statement.
“Her pursuit of the highest office in the land has not compromised her and her team’s commitment to serving the people of Hawaiʻi in her fourth term in Congress.”
She’s previously defended her “Present” vote, as my colleague, Brandon Morse, detailed recently:
Gabbard has doubled down on her decision and her reasoning rests mainly on the fact that the process by which Trump was impeached was hyper-partisan and that impeachment “should never come about as a culmination of a highly partisan process”
Of course, failing to toe the company line doesn’t sit well with Democrats. I expect Gabbard is aware of this and senses more purchase in marching to her own tune. Time will tell on that front.
In the meantime, if one were to play the progressive left game of dividing and conquering via demographic, one might observe the impropriety of an older white male suggesting a younger, multi-ethnic female take a seat (or, in this case, give hers up):
— Tim W. Jones (@SpeakerTimJones) December 24, 2019