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I have been fairly neutral on Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D – HI) up until now, watching, hoping, thinking she has a future as a national leader…although I don’t think her 2020 presidential campaign is going anywhere.
But after today’s comments, I don’t think she has what I consider leadership material. Leaders don’t avoid the difficult because it is difficult…they attempt the difficult when it’s the right thing to do…when it’s necessary. But Rep. Gabbard goes down the easy road.
As many of her House Democratic colleagues decided to back the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Tuesday said she doesn’t support the move because it would be “terribly divisive” for an “already very divided” United States.
“Look, my position remains the same. I think impeachment would be terribly divisive for our already very divided country,” Gabbard said in an interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. “I think Congress needs to exercise oversight over the information that’s been leaked. I think it’s important this transcript is released to Congress so that Congress can do its job.”
The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, in the past, has cautioned against impeaching Trump. Her comments on Tuesday came shortly before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into the President. “The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the President’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Pelosi said in doing so.
Damn straight it is going to be divisive. But just because it’s divisive doesn’t mean that it’s not necessary. Avoiding divisive positions isn’t leadership. There are times that political expediency is more expensive than take a stand. I don’t know all of the facts that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has at hand. I don’t know how much pressure the House has been recieving from the public. But if Rep. Pelosi has been swayed from her own long held position that it wasn’t time to begin an impeachment inquiry…then I’ll sit here and wait.
But I think for this cycle at least, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is off my list of supportable candidates.
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