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Democrats Take Note, Gabbard's Exodus a Rebuke of Establishment, Elites

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Tulsi Gabbard. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Kenny Cody By Wednesday, 26 October 2022 02:35 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

There have always been stories about exits from the two major parties. Be it Joe Walsh, Justin Amash, Jeff Van Drew, or Jim Justice, it has usually been moderate to center politicians making the simple switch that nearly every voter thought they were suppose to be anyway.

All of those either left because they were disinterested in their party's leader or because voters viewed them as so moderate that the switch was pragmatic in the first place. However, one of the more surprising switches came this past month when former Democrat congresswoman and 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard announced her exit from the Democratic Party.

While Gabbard has been a constant on conservative news networks, podcasts and media shows, analyzing her background makes it all the more surprising that she left the Democratic Party. Gabbard endorsed Bernie Sanders for president in 2016, was the former vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, and resides in one of the most Democratic states in Hawaii.

From her stances on foreign policy, criminal justice reform, and populism in Congress, Gabbard was often regarded as a future star who rose from Bernie Sanders' party shift after his candidacies in both 2016 and 2020.

However, for reasons that can only be attributed to Gabbard's bucking of the establishment shills in the Democratic Party, she has been ostracized, mocked, and even called a Russian agent by the party's former nominee, all because she was willing to call out warmongering tyrants like Hillary Clinton and fake progressives such as Kamala Harris.

Now, Gabbard is on her own. She started her podcast, aimed at criticizing the foreign policy of neoconservative and neoliberal warmongers on both sides of the aisle, while also analyzing her departure from the DNC. Gabbard has also begun campaigning for Republican candidates in the 2022 midterms. They include Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, Washington congressional candidate Joe Kent, Virginia Congressional candidate Yesli Vega, and New Hampshire Senate Republican nominee Don Bolduc.

As well, Gabbard appeared at a rally on the steps of the Tennessee State Capitol alongside Republican Tennessee state legislators and figures from The Daily Wire that called for the elimination of genital mutilation surgeries that were taking place at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Not only has she left the Democratic Party, but she is now endorsing candidates and causes that are a threat to the 'elitist cabal' that has overtaken the bases of both major parties.

Congresswoman Gabbard's criticism and rejection of the established base of the Democratic Party has to be something Republicans can take lessons from. Even from a former Democratic Party star such as Gabbard, the DNC's adoption of establishment politics, theatric nonsense, and embrace of interventionist foreign policy to make Russia a central issue are all critiques that Gabbard has handed the GOP on a silver platter.

The national conservative movement within the party embraces aspects of populism, anti-war, and appealable policies that can be selling points with all voters. The GOP should be willing to accept Gabbard openly and learn from her critiques of establishment politics.

Kenneth David Cody III is a conservative writer and activist from Northeast Tennessee. He also serves as the Southern Regional Director for Republicans for National Renewal, and is chairman of the Cocke County GOP. Mr. Cody is also an Economics and English Teacher at Cosby High School. He has an M.A. in Teaching 6-12th Grade English, Tusculum University, and a B.A. in English Literature, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Read Kenny Cody's Reports — More Here.

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The GOP should be willing to accept Gabbard openly and learn from her critiques of establishment politics.
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Wednesday, 26 October 2022 02:35 PM
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