It’s no secret that in the last few months the DNC has clashed heavily with the Sanders campaign. After rogue Sanders staffers were caught breaching Clinton voter patterns due to a technical glitch in the organization’s system, the DNC and its chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz promised to withhold important voter information from the Sanders camp. Such an action would have crippled their campaign, and Sanders promised to sue. After threats made from both sides were thrown around, the two came to an amicable decision.
Then there was the issue of the debate scheduling. The Sanders campaign and his supporters were flummoxed at the fact that there was a record low amount of debates scheduled and that they were being broadcast mostly on the same nights as the NFL games and the playoffs.
All these factors have come back to bite Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in the behind, due to her apparent bias towards Hillary Clinton, whose campaign she worked on in 2008.
So what has Tulsi Gabbard done? Well today, on Meet the Press, Gabbard announced that she will be resigning her position as Vice Chair of the DNC and will be supporting Bernie Sanders in the primaries, making her the fourth member of Congress to support the Senator from Vermont. Gabbard cited foreign policy as her reasoning for the endorsement, saying:
As a veteran, as a soldier, I’ve seen firsthand the true cost of war. … As we look at our choices as to who our next Commander-in-chief will be is to recognize the necessity to have a Commander-in-chief who has foresight. Who exercises good judgment. Who looks beyond the consequences — who looks at the consequences of the actions that they are willing to take before they take those actions. So that we don’t continue to find ourselves in these failures that have resulted in chaos in the Middle East and so much loss of life.
The statement is seen as a stab at Clinton for her past vote for the war in Iraq, which Sanders voted against. Gabbard has seen the toll of the Iraq War firsthand; she is a Major in the United States Army and has served a 12 month tour of Iraq in 2004 and voluntarily deployed again in 2009. She currently continues to serve as a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard.
This is a major blow to the DNC and Wasserman-Schultz and a major win for Sanders, whose campaign faces a tough battle heading into Super Tuesday after being walloped by Clinton in South Carolina.
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