Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is feeling the heat from powerful liberal voices from her own party as two prominent Democrats are calling for her ouster after she criticized last week’s U.S. airstrike against Syria saying that she was “skeptical” that President Bashar Assad was behind a chemical weapons attack.
Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean are calling Hawaiians to replace Gabbard in the 2018 mid-term elections for doubting U.S. intelligence that Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack that led to President Donald Trump’s retaliatory response.
Tanden tweeted, “People of Hawaii’s 2nd district — was it not enough for you that your rep met with a murderous dictator? Will this move you?” referring to Gabbard’s meeting with Assad in January.
“This is a disgrace,” said Dean, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “Gabbard should not be in Congress.”
Gabbard is so far the only American politician to criticize Trump’s decision to launch an airstrike.
The Daily Caller reports:
Gabbard visited Syria and met with President Bashar al-Assad in January and has been consistently cautious about American involvement in the Middle Eastern county. The Hawaii congresswoman said in a statement that the airstrikes on Syria 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.”