Former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii issued a warning of sorts to members of her party after election losses earlier in the week led to history-making victories for Republicans.
“My fellow Dems: if you want people to vote for you, stop calling millions of Americans dogs—only dogs respond to ‘dog whistles,'” Gabbard tweeted Friday.
“Stop trying to divide us by the color of our skin. End your open-border policy. Treat us all with the respect we deserve as Americans & God’s children,” she added.
Gabbard, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, has been critical of a number of her party’s initiatives as well as elements of President Biden’s agenda since leaving office.
In September, she angered left-wing immigration groups and members of her party when she criticized Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris over the still-worsening illegal migrant crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“@JoeBiden @KamalaHarris, the humanitarian and national security crisis on the southern border is the direct result of your open-border policy. As I said in my 2020 presidential campaign, we can’t have a secure nation if we don’t secure our borders,” she tweeted.
“The Biden/Harris open-door policy has been a disaster. It needs to end now. The main beneficiaries of open borders are the gangs, cartels, and human traffickers. The Trump policy of having people wait on the other side of the border worked and needs to be reinstated,” she noted in a follow-up tweet.
.@JoeBiden @KamalaHarris, the humanitarian and national security crisis on the southern border is the direct result of your open-border policy. As I said in my 2020 presidential campaign, we can’t have a secure nation if we don't secure our borders.
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) September 23, 2021
In an appearance on Fox News the same month, Gabbard told host Jesse Watters she disagreed with Biden’s criticism of Border Patrol agents whom he falsely claimed were “whipping” Haitian migrants attempting to cross illegally into the U.S.
“I consider Joe Biden a friend, but he’s absolutely wrong, and he needs to apologize to the American people for saying what he said,” Gabbard noted.
“…[W]hat he essentially did was act as judge, jury, and executioner for these Customs and Border Patrol agents,” Gabbard noted further. “How can they expect to have any kind of fair outcome to an investigation when the president of the United States has already declared their guilt and that they will be punished?
“And the bigger issue here that this points to — which is one that we all need to be concerned about — is that if we are no longer a country of laws, if we are no longer a country where we know we will be presumed innocent unless proven guilty, then we don’t have a democracy. That’s the increasing feeling that a lot of us have, that we are losing our democracy and moving closer and closer to what essentially is an autocracy.”
In September 2019, she was critical of big tech after launching a $50 million lawsuit against Google when the company blocked her presidential campaign from purchasing ads following the first Democratic debate.
“It’s not just for what they did to my campaign but it’s because of what we’re seeing growing in an alarming trend where these big tech monopolies are directly infringing on our public discourse and, really, in our fair elections,” she said at the time. “If they can do that to a sitting member of Congress, running for the highest office in the land, they can do that to anyone…or any person who is speaking with a voice that they may disagree with.”
Google suspended her account from purchasing ads following the debate as she was trending online.
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