Tulsi Gabbard’s Homophobic Remarks Surface

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Tulsi Gabbard’s Homophobic Remarks Surface

Postby seemslikeadream » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:15 pm

Tulsi Gabbard’s Homophobic Remarks Surface After 2020 Presidential Announcement

The Hawaii Democrat’s previous stance on same-sex marriage has come back to haunt her after she announced her bid for the White House.

Carla Herreria
It’s been one day since Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) announced she was running for president in the 2020 election, and parts of her conservative past are already coming back to haunt her.

Those come in the form of homophobic remarks the congresswoman made over a decade ago. At least twice the Hawaii Democrat publicly called the LGBTQ community and supporters of same-sex marriage “homosexual extremists.”

In one instance in February 2004, Gabbard, at the time a 22-year-old state representative, was testifying against a bill aimed at legalizing same-sex civil unions.

“To try to act as if there is a difference between ‘civil unions’ and same-sex marriage is dishonest, cowardly and extremely disrespectful to the people of Hawaii,” she said. “As Democrats, we should be representing the views of the people, not a small number of homosexual extremists.”

Six months later, Gabbard spoke more candidly while replying to an email originally sent to her father, Mike Gabbard, who was a Republican city councilman in Honolulu running for Congress.

“I smell a skunk,” Gabbard told Honolulu Magazine. She was responding to an email that was originally addressed to her father asking about his ties to the leader of a Hare Krishna movement in Hawaii, according to the magazine.

“It’s clear to me that you’re acting as a conduit for The Honolulu Weekly and other homosexual extremist supporters of Ed Case [Mike Gabbard’s opponent],” she wrote.

Gabbard was elected to the U.S. House in 2012 and became the first Hindu member of Congress, as well as one of Congress’ first female combat veterans.

She quickly became a star of the Democratic Party with her own rogue brand of progressive leadership.

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Gabbard’s remarks from 14 years ago were bound to resurface as she walked even further into the national spotlight with her presidential bid.

And while Gabbard, 37, has evolved since then ― she once backed a bill targeting discrimination based on sexual orientation and famously endorsed Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid at the expense of her post as Democratic National Committee vice chair ― some people, including journalists from Hawaii to D.C., wouldn’t let her off easy for her homophobic remarks.

Gabbard may back legislation that supports the LGBTQ community, but it’s unclear if her personal views have evolved with her career.

A 2016 profile of the combat veteran published in Ozy suggests otherwise: “She tells me that, no, her personal views haven’t changed, but she doesn’t figure it’s her job to do as the Iraqis did and force her own beliefs on others,” noted reporter Sanjena Sathian.

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Re: Tulsi Gabbard’s Homophobic Remarks Surface

Postby JackRiddler » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:24 pm


These comments did not "surface." They have always been known. They have been repeatedly thrown at her, without saying anything about what her current, actual position is. Reviving these now is a campaign attack, nothing more.

She was 22. TWENTY-TWO. She was also holding the same positions on gay marriage as Clinton and Obama at the time.

Long ago, she changed her stance (like they did) and her voting record in recent years has been excellent.

It is incredible how different the reality is from the falsehods being put out here for whatever reason.


Tulsi Gabbard on LGBT

Key Points

Tulsi is a vocal advocate of equality for our LGBTQ+ community
She is a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus in the House
Tulsi has been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT lobby organization in the country

"With the many challenges facing the LGBT community, we're honored to count Tulsi as an ally in standing up for issues of fairness. From her cosponsorship of the Equality Act to supporting marriage equality for same-sex couples and fighting for persons with HIV/AIDS, we applaud Tulsi's commitment to fundamental equal rights for all." - Mike Mings, Director Human Rights Campaign PAC

The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Tulsi believes that “equal treatment and opportunity are fundamental rights for all Americans. Discrimination on the basis of national origin, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, gender, or race undermines core American principles of respect and individual freedom.”

Tulsi is committed to fight to ensure all individuals are treated equally under the law regardless of race, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

H.R. 2282 Equality Act of 2017 which amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation
H.R. 1755 Employment Non-Discrimination Act
H.R. 2839 Restore Honor to Service Members Act
H.R 2532 Respect for Marriage Act
H.R. 197 Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act
H.R. 683 Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act
H.R. 1199 Safe Schools Improvement Act
H.R. 932 Healthy Families Act
H. Res. 549 Designating June 26th as LGBT Equality Day
H. Res. 208 Equality for All Resolution, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in areas that include credit, employment, education, federally funded programs, housing, jury service, and public accommodations
H.R. 3273 LGBT Data Inclusion Act
Signed the Marriage Equality Amicus Briefs

Advocated for LGBT Housing / Privacy Rights
Advocated to End Bullying and Harassment in Schools

Tulsi signs letter urging President Trump to reverse transgender military ban https://votesmart.org/public-statement/ ... BfzFBNKikZ
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Re: Tulsi Gabbard’s Homophobic Remarks Surface

Postby seemslikeadream » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:35 pm

Tulsi Gabbard vs Mazie Hirono: Hawaii Political Spat Shocks State and Democratic Party

By Tom Porter On 1/13/19 at 9:14 AM
Before announcing her candidacy for the presidency Friday, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii criticized fellow Democrats for “weaponizing religion.

In an op-ed in The Hill Tuesday, Gabbard wrote that Democrats had “weaponized religion for their own selfish gain.”

The piece was a thinly veiled criticism of party colleague, Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, who had questioned District Court judicial nominee Brian Buescher in hearings over his membership of a Catholic group, Knights of Columbus, and asked about its views on abortion and reproductive rights.

GettyImages-583541306 US representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Getty `Images

In her op-ed, Gabbard wrote that if "If Buescher is “unqualified” because of his Catholicism," then former President John F. Kennedy, who was also a Catholic, would be "unqualified."

She also criticised Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein of California for her questioning of U.S. Circuit Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett in 2017, and her remark that Barrett's "dogma" was of concern.

"While I absolutely believe in the separation of church and state as a necessity to the health of our nation, no American should be asked to renounce his or her faith or membership in a faith-based, service organization in order to hold public office," she wrote.

Hirono hit back in a statement, accusing Gabbard of echoing right-wing talking points.

“Over the past two years, the Senator has been attacked by right wing ideologues for her examination of Donald Trump’s ideologically-driven nominees to the courts. It is unfortunate that Congresswoman Gabbard based her misguided opinion on the far-right wing manipulation of these straightforward questions,” Will Dempster, Hirono’s spokesman, said in a statement to media outlets.

Hawaii News Now political analyst Colin Moore said that the argument marked a rare division in Hawaii’s congressional delegation.

"Congresswoman Gabbard goes so far as to call this a form of religious bigotry, which I think is really shocking. Although she doesn't mention Senator Hirono by name, she's certainly talking about her line of questioning," said Moore. “I think this is quite a shocking break in the delegation.”

He went on to speculate that Gabbard—who had been rumored to be mulling a presidential did before formally announcing her candidacy—likely made the comments to distinguish herself from other contenders in what is expected to be a packed field of Democrats vying for the nomination.

Gabbard, 37, is the first Hindu elected to Congress. A veteran of the Iraq war, she supported Senator Bernie Sanders in the race for the 2016 Democratic nomination, who eventually lost out to Hillary Clinton.

The representative is no stranger to controversy, having been criticised by Democrats for meeting with President Donald Trump during the transition after his November 2016 election, and travelling to Syria to meet dictator Bashar al-Assad, and subsequently questioning whether he was responsible for the Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack in 2017.
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Re: Tulsi Gabbard’s Homophobic Remarks Surface

Postby seemslikeadream » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:17 pm

The Mail

Letters in response to Patrick Radden Keefe’s article on the Sackler empire and the opioid crisis, and Kelefa Sanneh’s Profile of Tulsi Gabbard.

Kelefa SannehNovember 20, 2017 Issue
Selling Addiction

I thought I was inured to the skulduggery of Big Pharma, but then I read Patrick Radden Keefe’s article about how the philanthropic Sackler family promotes opioid addiction through its company Purdue Pharma (“Empire of Pain,” October 30th). It is time for the beneficiaries of the Sacklers’ name-buying largesse—the Metropolitan Museum, Harvard, Columbia, and the Louvre, to name just a few—to scrutinize the provenance of large donations. They might also consider installing in the lobby of each Sackler Wing, Gallery, Museum, and Institute a large plaque reading “This building is thanks to the generosity of the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma, which started and continues to fuel the epidemic of prescription-opioid addiction that is responsible for two hundred thousand overdose deaths.”

Burns Woodward

Waban, Mass.

Keefe’s article makes painfully clear how Purdue and the Sacklers have benefitted from being able to legally operate in the dark. Purdue, by gaining F.D.A. approval and aggressively marketing a drug that is so highly addictive, has taken full advantage of the law. Even when it has been forced to settle liability suits, business has continued to grow. Its coffers are barely dented, its owners are not personally liable, and nondisclosure agreements have kept adverse publicity to a minimum. As a privately held company, Purdue is under no legal obligation to publicly disclose the details of its business, as would be the case if it were publicly traded. But shareholders and prospective investors are not the only people who have legitimate reasons to know how a company is generating huge sales and profits, and if it is risking liability, damaging the environment, or endangering public health. We all do. While there is no substitute for stronger regulation, privately held companies of a certain size play too large a role in our economy and our society not to be held to the same standards of disclosure and transparency that apply to publicly traded companies.

Nathaniel Spiller

North Chevy Chase, Md.

In 2002, Theresa Sackler acquired in a charity auction the right to name a new variety of rose. She chose to honor her husband, Mortimer. I have an example of this beautiful rose. For many years, as I mulched and pruned, I imagined a Morty of my own: a charming and diffident librarian, a fine public servant whose wife sold their modest house in preparation for a life in a comfortable retirement home.

Oh, dear. Well, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and mine is now called Rosa Perez, in honor of Jill and Marianne. It will perhaps be a somewhat dolorous rose, but no less beautiful for that.

Barry Coleman

Northamptonshire, U.K.

I’ve been a heart surgeon for three decades and, at sixty-two, an occasional patient as well. I prescribe opioids to my patients, although only the short-acting variety, and usually without ongoing refills. I had a major chest surgery at the age of fifty, and can attest to the wondrous relief from acute, severe pain that these medications can provide. I took them for several weeks postoperatively, in tapering doses, and then stopped “cold turkey,” in order to return to my operating and on-call duties. So I can also attest to the powerful effect of abrupt cessation. The Sacklers’ true genius was understanding how to sway the hearts and minds of physician prescribers. This vision has blossomed into the direct-to-consumer marketing currently practiced by most major pharmaceutical manufacturers. In the latest iteration of this marketing, the consumer, instead of being pitched the medication itself, is being “sold” a disease for which, conveniently, there just happens to be a pill or an injection available. Patients often arrive in a physician’s office demanding an advertised medication. Given the number of heavily promoted drugs, the industry obviously hopes to actively and expensively medicate millions of people.

Daniel J. Waters

Clear Lake, Iowa

The Real Tulsi Gabbard

As Representative Tulsi Gabbard’s aunt, it gives me no pleasure to publicly air my doubts regarding my niece’s political agenda, which Kelefa Sanneh describes in his Profile (“Against the Tide,” November 6th). However, I take my role as a citizen seriously, and I would be remiss not to share my concerns. Sanneh raises the issue of Gabbard’s lifelong immersion in the Science of Identity Foundation, an opaque religious organization that she and its founder, Chris Butler, have attempted to reframe as a “resource.” Gabbard’s answer to a basic question about Butler is troubling: despite calling him her “guru dev” (spiritual master) in her own promotional video, she denies that he is more important than any of her other teachers. She also has a notably mixed voting record, and associations that veer from certain progressive causes to the apparent courting of such strongmen as Narendra Modi, Bashar al-Assad, and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (not to mention Trump)—this zigzagging path through positions is vexing. Sanneh’s article walks the fine line of investigation and exposition in a way that points to shadows worthy of further illumination.

Caroline Sinavaiana Gabbard

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Postby Grizzly » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:22 pm

Tulsi Gabbard, another Hope and Change! :wink :wink
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