Why should I vote for Tulsi Gabbard

Why Trump fans especially like the Democrat Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard is a star on the internet. The comment areas fill up quickly under reports on the Democratic presidential candidate in the United States. She has many fans on social media, and praise often appears on right-wing websites. Your elective courses, however, are often only sparsely attended. In polls among Democrats, only two to three percent can imagine voting for them in the primaries. Even whether she will be able to take part in the next TV debate on December 19th is considered unsure. A lot of virtual praise, little real approval - how can that be?

Hillary Clinton was also amazed. The failed presidential candidate from 2016 formulated a bad suspicion at the end of October: "A candidate" in the current field of applicants, she said to Gabbard, was being built up by Moscow via a cyber campaign. The goal is to have them run as independents in 2020 - so that the Democrats lack votes and Trump wins.

Praise from Trolls, Bannon, and KKK

Gabbard disgusted this speculation and called Clinton "Queen of Warmongers" in revenge - and with that, he even chose a formulation that Russian Internet trolls often used in the 2016 election campaign. That makes you suspicious. Nevertheless, there is no evidence that the candidate is deliberately arguing in the interests of the Kremlin or even collaborating with it.

But: Her sharp opposition to military interventions has brought the 38-year-old Hawaiian, who has been in the House of Representatives since 2013, the support of some left, but above all many far-right groups and personalities. The latter include ex-Trump strategist and open nationalist Steve Bannon, former head of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke and alt-right leader Richard Spencer. You think it's good that with Gabbard the US's global push for democracy and human rights would also end with the Democrats. And that she is definitely in favor of harshness when no US soldiers are in danger: she expressly approves of drone strikes in the war of terror and severity against migrants.

At least the support of Duke has clearly rejected Gabbard. This is remarkable because otherwise she is not very particular about the choice of her discussion partners. In 2016 she was invited by Bannon to talk to the newly elected Donald Trump. She then described the conversation as "encouraging". She appears regularly at Fox News to demonize the foreign policy of her own party. In the past, this also included admonishing the then incumbent President Barack Obama to be more tough on radical Islamism, which she calls "radical Islam". And recently she was also on the right web platform Breitbart to guest.

Controversial meeting with Assad

Above all, however, Gabbard attended a controversial meeting at the beginning of 2017, which her competitors are now holding up: At that time, she was a guest of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and spoke out against US foreign policy. Egypt's authoritarian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi met her in 2015 and praised her for his commitment to "stability".

In particular, however, there is another "strong leader" in whom Gabbard is interested: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She has met him several times. She even allowed herself to be guided on a tour through India by a support organization of the Modi party BJP, the Hindu nationalist and Islamophobic group RSS. There are also personal reasons for this: Gabbard is the first believer in Hinduism in the US Congress - at least in her own view. Because actually the Hawaiian sect The Science of Identity Foundation, into which it was born, is not seen as Hindu by many Hindus. It is said that the founder of the religion, Chris Butler, is hoping for a better standing from the rapprochement between "his MPs" and Modi.

How much Gabbard is guided by Butler in her political views is unclear. She has shaken off previous ultra-conservative positions that coincided with his. Her brutally presented opposition to marriage for everyone, a vote against the morning-after pill in the case of rape and against a law that was supposed to prevent bullying of gay and lesbian children and young people in schools - Gabbard says that she left all that behind. Her army stationing in states that interfered in private life (Iraq 2004, Kuwait 2008–2009) taught her that personal preferences should not be prescribed to others by law. Opponents see opportunism - it was no coincidence that she changed her mind in the 2012 congressional election campaign.

A joke gets stuck in your throat

Gabbard is constant on one topic: The passionate surfer has always been committed to the environment. In the meantime, liberal apron organizations that rate MPs according to their voting behavior give it top marks. That hardly helped the standing in the party: it still has the highest rejection rates of all those who are campaigning for the democratic presidential candidacy.

That causes some mockery in the USA. Anyone who is supposed to be the "anti-gambling, drug-friendly supporter of Trump’s diplomacy", who could warm up to Gabbard, who is an anti-migrant activist, wanted the liberal new YorkMagazine recently - probably in the expectation that there is no such thing.

An assessment that could still turn out to be wrong. Because while this guy is indeed hard to come across with the Democrats, he is often found elsewhere. Gabbard's followers, according to the survey platform fivethirtyeight.com, The vast majority are male, often Conservative - and very often Republicans. The only thing that separates them from their ideal type is their party membership and their ecological awareness. Flaws, some Democrats fear behind closed doors, that Donald Trump could overlook if he decides in the coming year who he wants to go into the 2020 election with. (Manuel Escher, December 8th, 2019)