Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) faced backlash after placing Trump administration officials on a list with the terrorist group Al Qaeda.
Over the past few weeks, tensions between the United States and Iran have escalated. President Donald Trump ordered an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers, and 120,000 American soldiers to position themselves near Iran, but has come short of authorizing a land invasion. Although the Americans have said nothing of war, Iranian officials claim the Trump administration has started a “psychological war.”
Although Iran has been taking steps to re-up their nuclear capabilities and has been hostile to U.S. allies in the region, especially Israel, Gabbard doesn’t want to see things escalate into war.
In a campaign video for her 2020 presidential bid, Gabbard claimed that Trump was doing exactly what “neo-cons and neo-libs” wanted. She claimed that former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and National Security Advisor John Bolton were doing what Al Qaeda wants.
Watch Gabbard’s campaign video:
Trump says he doesn't want war with Iran, but that's exactly what he wants, because that's exactly what Saudi Arabia, Netanyahu, al-Qaeda, Bolton, Haley, and other NeoCons/NeoLibs want. That’s what he put first–not America. pic.twitter.com/kAPyxlKXDs
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) May 14, 2019
“President Trump says he doesn’t want war with Iran, but that’s exactly what he wants because that’s exactly what Saudi Arabia, [Israli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, Al Qaeda, Bolton, Haley, and other neo-cons and neo-libs want. That’s what he puts first, not America.”
Gabbard’s decision to equate the influence of the Al Qaeda and Saudi Arabia — who were both heavily involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks — with that of Trump’s administration and close allies outraged many.
Several took to Twitter to call out Gabbard for her video.
Trump wants war with Iran because al-Qaeda wants it, is something a (mercifully long-shot) candidate for president has just tweeted. This is InfoWars-level derangement which should mortify anyone still flattering Gabbard. https://t.co/J7YgA8pFG6
— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) May 14, 2019
One of the many Dems in the 2020 field just compared Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Nikki Haley, and John Bolton to the terrorist group that killed 3,000 Americans on 9/11.
Reporters — you got this one, right? Going to call her out?
I'll wait. https://t.co/gbw3oHjRnf
— Erin Perrine (@ErinMPerrine) May 15, 2019
Oh yeah, al Qaeda really loves those *check notes* neocons?
— Natalie Johnson (@nataliejohnsonn) May 15, 2019
Many others also claimed it was hypocritical for Gabbard to talk about the negative influence of leaders in the Middle East, considering she has met with Syrian Dictator Bashar al Assad and refuses to call him a war criminal — even though he used chemical weapons on his own people.
And this ad brought to you by 'Friends of Assad PAC'– Making Genocide Great Again. https://t.co/CscwZsf0WD
— M. Zuhdi Jasser زهدي جاسر (@DrZuhdiJasser) May 15, 2019
Democrat running for POTUS who happens to be a grotesque shill for Assad bizarrely claims that Trump is a lackey for…al-Qaeda.
Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. https://t.co/yS4s9E5dwK
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) May 15, 2019
Gabbard — a veteran who served in the Middle East — has set herself apart from the 22 other Democrats in the presidential race by taking a hard stance on isolationist foreign policy. The latest polls show she has the support of around 1% of the voters surveyed.