As of today, Bernie Sanders has gained an immensely important endorsement, even bigger than the one from Dick Van Dyke. Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic National Committee Vice Chair and representative of Hawaii, decided today to resign from her post in order to endorse Bernie Sanders, reports Alana Wise of Reuters.
It seems that tensions have been high in the DNC for a while now, meaning that this huge decision of Gabbard’s has been a long time coming. According to Wise, Gabbard and her colleagues “have butted heads over a thin debate schedule,” and Gabbard has called for the DNC to add more debates to the calendar. She is not the first to criticize the debate schedule, with many expressing that scheduling debates to air at times when most people are away from their televisions, including on weekend evenings, has given Clinton, who is better known, an unfair advantage over Sanders.
In a video posted on her YouTube Channel, Tulsi Gabbard explained her decision to support Sanders, saying, “I cannot remain neutral any longer. The stakes are just too high.” Gabbard also discussed the importance of the next president being a strong commander in chief. For her, Bernie Sanders is the better person for that job.
‘We need a commander in chief who has foresight, who exercises good judgment, and who understands the need for a robust foreign policy which defends the safety and security of the American people, and who will not waste precious lives and money on interventionist wars of regime change.’
She continued with an ultimatum:
‘We can elect a president who will lead us into more interventionist wars of regime change, or we can elect a president who will usher in a new era of peace and prosperity.’
Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has since issued a statement accepting Gabbard’s resignation, and the statement does not imply that she, or the committee as a whole, feels any ill will towards Gabbard. Schultz said specifically, “Congresswoman Gabbard is a role model who embodies the American ideal that anyone can dream big and make a difference. She is also a colleague in Congress and a friend, and I look forward to continuing to work alongside her when our Party unites behind whoever emerges as our nominee.”
Watch Gabbard’s full explanation for endorsing Sanders here, courtesy of Tulsi Gabbard via YouTube.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.