Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) resigned as vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Convention this week to support Bernie Sanders.
“I think it’s most important for us, 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,” she said during this past Sunday’s Meet the Press on NBC.
Now, she is saying that many members of the Democratic establishment warned her against breaking from Hillary Clinton.
“I’ll be very honest with you, a lot of people warned me against doing what I did,” the lawmaker told MSNBC on Tuesday night. “But this is a very serious issue and what I did speaks to the high stakes that exist. War is a very real thing, its real to me, it’s real to our service members and their families.”
Gabbard intimated that she fears that Clinton’s record on foreign policy would lead to “more interventionist wars and regime change.”
Tulsi Gabbard, 34, is the first Hindu to serve in Congress and is an Iraq War veteran.
“As a veteran and as a soldier I’ve seen first-hand the true cost of war,” she said. “I served in a medical unit during my first deployment, where every single day I saw first hand the very high human cost of that war. I see it in my friends who now, a decade after we’ve come home, are still struggling to get out of a black hole.”
“I think it’s most important for us,” she continued, “to recognize the necessity to have a commander-in-chief who has foresight, exercises good judgment, who looks beyond the consequences, looks at the consequences of the actions they’re looking to take, before they take those actions, so 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.”
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