Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) made known on Thursday that she may not be attending the next 2020 Democratic primary debate as a boycott.
Making the announcement via Twitter, Gabbard said that she is “seriously considering” boycotting the upcoming debate on October 15 because “the [Democratic National Committee] and corporate media are rigging the election.”
“The 2016 Democratic Primary election was rigged by the DNC and their partners in the corporate media against Bernie Sanders. In this 2020 election, the DNC and the corporate media are rigging the election again, but this time against the American people in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.
They are attempting to replace the roles of voters in the early states, using polling and other arbitrary methods which are not transparent or democratic, and they’re holding so-called debates which really are not debates at all but rather commercialized reality television meant to entertain, rather to inform or enlighten.”
Gabbard added, “In short, the DNC and corporate media are trying to hijack the entire election process.”
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I am seriously considering boycotting October 15 debate to bring attention to DNC/corporate media’s effort to rig 2020 primary. Not against Bernie this time, but against voters in early states Iowa, New Hampshire, South… –> https://t.co/x5P3GFGbyn pic.twitter.com/UgKCj6DGI0
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) October 10, 2019
As Gabbard considers a boycott of the October debate, she didn’t make the cut for the last debate following donor requirements and polling numbers being doubled by the DNC. The third debate held on September 12 in Houston, Texas, had 10 of the presidential hopefuls vying for the Democratic presidential nomination spot.
Gabbard, however, is among 11 others who qualified for the debate on October 15 in Ohio.
The fifth debate held on November 20 also has a higher donation and polling number requirement, which eight of the candidates have qualified for so far. Some of those who did qualify include former Vice President Joe Biden (D), Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Candidates have until November 13 at midnight to meet the requirement.