Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is drawing fire from her own party over statements regarding the chemical attack in Syria.
Gabbard said that the U.S. airstrikes ordered by President Trump were “short-sighted and will lead to more dead civilians, more refugees, the strengthening of al-Qaida and other terrorists, and a possible nuclear war between the United States and Russia.”
She says she hasn’t seen evidence that President Bashar al-Assad had knowledge of the chemical attack on Syrian civilians, the incident that drew the U.S. military response.
Gabbard met Assad in Syria in January. Since then, the congresswoman has urged caution from the U.S. regarding becoming involved in the conflict there.
Regarding Assad’s possible involvement in the chemical attack that killed men, women and children, Gabbard says, “If President Assad is found to be responsible after an independent investigation for these horrific chemical weapons attacks, I’ll be the first one to call for his prosecution and execution by the International Criminal Court.”
Neera Tanden from the Center for American Progress reacted with anger over Gabbards statements. In a tweet, she seemed to try to motivate Hawaiians to act against Gabbard.
People of Hawaii’s 2nd district – was it not enough for you that your rep met with a murderous dictator? Will this move you?1 https://t.co/jbwGuZIJ6R
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) April 7, 2017
In response to Tanden’s tweet, Howard Dean, former Governor of Vermont and also a former Democratic National Committee chairman, called Gabbard a disgrace and said she should not be in Congress.
This is a disgrace. Gabbard should not be in Congress. https://t.co/yDTh43GZam
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) April 9, 2017
Dean followed up his tweet with an interview Sunday morning with MSNBC’s Alex Witt. Dean said of Assad, “He’s a barbarian, he’s murdered half a million of his own people.” Referencing the Hawaiian congresswoman’s comments, Dean went on to say, “I can’t imagine how you could make a statement like that, especially being on the Foreign Relations Committee. I can’t imagine what could possibly be going through her head.”
Not many subjects draw bipartisan support in Washington anymore, but Trump’s strike on Syria was approved of by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. While visiting a processing plant in Volney, NY recently, Schumer reportedly stated, “I supported the president’s strike because you can’t let an evil man like Assad get away with this.”
With even top Democrats denouncing Assad, Gabbard is not finding a lot of support for her comments.
H/T: The Daily Caller
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