Democrat Tulsi Gabbard is a social conservative with no respect for the separation of church and state.
Late last week Gabbard announced that she plans to run for president in 2020. Almost immediately after her announcement reports began to surface concerning the Hawaiian politician’s deplorable record when it comes to marriage equality and equal rights for the LGBT community.
In the past Gabbard has expressed extreme hostility and bigotry towards the LGBT community. Rolling Stone reports:
… in the early 2000s Gabbard touted working for her father’s anti-gay organization, the Alliance for Traditional Marriage. The group supported legislation against same-sex marriage and promoted conversion therapy. Gabbard cited how she worked for the ATM — which described homosexuality as “unhealthy, abnormal behavior that should not be promoted or accepted in society” — as she was running for a seat in the Hawaii state legislature.
It is important to note that Gabbard now says she “regrets” the extreme anti-gay positions she took in the past, which is great, and anyone who overcomes their anti-gay bigotry should be applauded.
However, while Gabbard may be more tolerant and respectful towards the rights of LGBT people now, she still remains a social conservative in many ways.
For example, in a recent op-ed for The Hill, Gabbard defended religious conservatives while attacking her fellow Democrats for having the nerve to question religious extremists nominated by Trump for judicial appointments.
Claiming that Democrats had “weaponized religion for their own selfish gain,” Gabbard attacked fellow Democrats for questioning “Trump nominee Brian Buescher’s fitness to serve on the U.S. District Court for Nebraska because of his strongly held Catholic beliefs.”
The fact is, if Democrats did not question these extreme religiously motivated positions that fly in the face of established law, they would be guilty of dereliction of duty.
In short, Gabbard’s attack on Democrats for questioning religious conservatives nominated for lifetime appointments to the judiciary on whether or not they have the ability and will to follow the law and put aside their religious superstitions is spurious. If Democrats were not asking such questions, they would not be doing their due diligence as guardians of the U.S. Constitution.
In a statement, Hawaiian Senator Mazie Hirono, a victim of Gabbard’s attack on the separation of church and state, said Gabbard “has it all wrong and it’s pretty unfortunate. But as I say the alt-right are springing to her defense and if that’s the group that she wants to get the support of, she’s getting it.”
Bottom line: Tulsi Gabbard is a social conservative with no respect for the separation of church and state. As such, she should be rejected by Democrats as a potential 2020 presidential nominee.