Still irate over Hillary Clinton’s assertion that she is being “groomed” by either Republicans or Russians to run as a third-party spoiler against Democrats, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) wrote a blistering op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, outlining her intentions to “undo Mrs. Clinton’s failed legacy.”
The Hawaiian Democrat said that legacy was a minefield of “foreign-policy catastrophes” that ultimately led her to resign from the Democratic National Committee in 2016. And Gabbard wasn’t shy about addressing the claims – made by Clinton and others – that she is being supported by foreign influencers.
“Hardly a week goes by when I’m not asked a question about how I’m being secretly backed by Russia or other foreign powers—on top of countless other falsehoods intended to destroy my reputation,” Gabbard wrote.
She accused such people – both in politics and the media – of seeing her as a threat to their control of the Washington establishment.
But she saved her most pointed ammunition for Hillary herself.
“This isn’t a petty ‘spat’ between Mrs. Clinton and me,” Gabbard wrote. “It’s a serious contrast in views about the choice voters face as they decide which Democratic candidate is best equipped to defeat President Trump. Mrs. Clinton already lost to Mr. Trump once. Why would Democrats think a Hillary 2.0 candidate would result in anything different?
“Whether Mrs. Clinton’s name is on the ballot or not, her foreign policy will be, as many of the Democratic candidates adhere to her doctrine of acting as the world’s police, using the tools of war to overthrow governments we don’t like, wasting taxpayer dollars, costing American lives, causing suffering and destruction abroad, and undermining America’s security,” she continued.
That there is a split down the center of the Democratic Party is not news; the left-wing fringe led by Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Elizabeth Warren, and others has made it very clear that they do not agree with the “moderate” wing consisting of Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and that whole crowd. But Gabbard’s insurrection points to another fracture – one that could threaten to shatter the party into unrecoverable splinters by the time it’s all said and done.
Gabbard has gone on record to say she won’t be running a third-party campaign if she loses the Democratic nomination, but political promises are meant to be broken. Her sudden decision not to run for re-election in Congress last week indicates that she has something up her sleeve. If she goes it alone in 2020, it could have wide-ranging implications on the outcome of the election. The only question is whether a third-party Gabbard would peel away more would-be Democrats…or Republicans who want an alternative to Trump.