Within the Democrat Party, there exists a faction of voters who are eager for opposition against the establishment. Establishment Democrats include the likes of Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton — figures that certain left-wingers aren’t so thrilled with anymore.
In most cases, an anti-establishment Democrat has some outlier viewpoints and is seen as “different” in one regard or another. Now, in 2016, Bernie Sanders was largely viewed as an anti-establishment figure, but this quickly changed. Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton’s campaign didn’t do him any favors, even prompting certain “Bernie Bros” to label him as a sell-out.
Now, Washington Examiner reports that Tulsi Gabbard is being viewed by more and more Americans as the “anti-establishment” 2020 candidate.
This perception of Gabbard comes in the wake of her willingness to call out issues within her own party, coupled with her clashes against Hillary Clinton. Last October, Clinton branded Gabbard as a so-called “Russian asset.”
The war veteran would later respond by slamming Clinton as the “queen of warmongers.” Gabbard also dared the twice-failed candidate to enter the 2020 race and furthermore blasted Clinton with a lawsuit after her refusal to retract false allegations.
How Certain Democrats View Tulsi Gabbard
In recent weeks, Gabbard has spent quite a bit of time campaigning in New Hampshire and connecting with voters.
This has seemingly benefited her campaign, at least in some capacity. Small business owner Michele Ohayan stated that she thinks Gabbard has “the touch” to truly challenge the Democrat establishment; Ohayan also noted her belief that Sanders’ time around various establishment figures has ultimately poisoned his candidacy.
Some of Gabbard’s policies are also responsible for the “anti-establishment” perception she’s experiencing. As a war veteran, the 2020 Democrat has been staunchly opposed to wars and interventionist foreign policy tactics. Unlike other members of her party, Gabbard doesn’t hesitate to censure Republicans and Democrats alike when she perceives an issue regarding policy matters.
The Broader Perception of Tulsi Gabbard
Despite many conservatives’ disagreements with Gabbard’s stances on various issues, she has managed to earn the respect of certain people within the right-wing.
President Trump himself stated that Gabbard’s decision to vote “present” on impeachment in the House prompted his respect; moreover, the president defended Gabbard after Clinton branded her as a “favorite of the Russians.”
Throughout Gabbard’s 2020 candidacy, she’s expressed interest and willingness to speak with different news channels and pundits, even when facing backlash from her own party. The war veteran has sat down with for various interviews with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Breitbart News, and other platforms. Gabbard maintains that appearing on different outlets (even conservatives ones) allows her to spread her message to all Americans.
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