Rep. Tulsi Gabbard spotlights veterans, healthcare in presidential bid

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard lashed out at NBC News over a report suggesting Russian propagandists are beginning to support her campaign for president

Yesterday, only one day before her latest morally ignorant flirtation with the Damascus butcher, Gabbard received a perhaps unwelcome presidential endorsement: That of former Ku Klux Klan leader and notorious Jew-hater David Duke.

She announced her candidacy for the presidential elections in Hawaii, a state she represents in Congress, saying she would stand up to "powerful, self-serving politicians and greedy corporations".

Gabbard, who formally launched her campaign on Saturday, in a tweet accused NBC of employing "journalistic fraud to discredit our campaign".

She made waves recently for saying in a tweet that President Trump is "Saudi Arabia's bitch" for announcing the USA will stand with Saudi Arabia, regardless of any intelligence community assessment on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's involvement in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

She is now serving as the Congresswoman from Hawaii's 2nd District and has previously served in the combat zone in Iraq, following which she was deployed in Kuwait. She served on the Homeland security and foreign affair committees.

She introduced the Heroes Fly Act to improve airport screenings for injured veterans, the Filipino Veterans of WWII Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 to give Filipino American veterans who fought in World War II the Congressional Gold Medal and Talia's Law to stop child abuse on military bases - all of which passed. She has made veterans issues a priority while in Congress.

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In a statement to CNN, she said: "First, let me say I regret the positions I took in the past, and the things I said".

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who's running for president in 2020, on Sunday lashed out at NBC News over a report suggesting Russian propagandists have started to back her candidacy.

Gabbard pointed to her congressional record in support of LGBTQ rights as a contrast to the household in which she grew up, where her father was outspoken against gay rights. "Those opposed to Iraq/Libya/Syria regime change wars are called "dictator-lovers" or "cozy" with evil regimes", Gabbard tweeted on Wednesday. Those outlets, which have published more stories about her than other candidates, are considered to be mouthpieces for the Russian government.

While Gabbard's campaign might be in this infancy, this isn't the first time the presidential hopeful has faced controversy.

The Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate, appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe", dodged when asked to more specifically categorize Assad's relationship to the United States but admitted "it's possible" Assad has used chemical weapons on his own people.

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