Former congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii announced Tuesday that she’s leaving the Democratic Party, which she describes as a “cabal of warmongers.”
“I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue & stoke anti-white racism, actively work to undermine our God-given freedoms,” she said in a video statement.
Gabbard retired from Congress in 2021, but even while serving in the House of Representatives, she tried to warn the Democratic Party from giving into its worst impulses of wokeness and racism.
The United States Army Reserve officer on Tuesday said the Democrats are “demonizing the police” and protecting criminals. Democrats are “dragging us even closer to nuclear war.”
Gabbard joined the Reserve in 2003 and was deployed twice to the Middle East. She earned the Meritorious Service Medal for her 2005 deployment to Iraq, and in 2020 she fulfilled her annual Army Reserve commitment in Alaska.
Gabbard urged Democrats who agree with her to leave the party: “If you can no longer stomach the direction that so-called woke Democratic Party ideologues are taking our country, I invite you to join me.”
Gabbard was a U.S. representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district from 2013 to 2021, and was the first Hindu member of Congress. Born in American Samoa, a product of homeschooling and a former member of the Honolulu City Council, she was elected to Congress at the age of 21 as the first Samoan-American voting member of Congress.
While in Congress, she frequently criticized former President Barack Obama for refusing to say that the real enemy of the United States is Islamic extremism. She ran for president in 2020, but withdrew and endorsed Joe Biden. Since retiring from Congress, she has been outspoken on the Democratic Party’s war on America, including abortion and gender ideology.
This year she was a speaker at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference.