Tulsi Gabbard Quits Democratic Party, Denounces It as ‘Elitist Cabal’

Former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard announced she was leaving the Democratic Party on Tuesday, denouncing the organization as an “elitist cabal.”

Gabbard, who is retiring from the House of Representatives in 2021, attacked the institution in a nearly 30-minute video posted on her YouTube account. However, she did not announce plans to join the Republican Party or adopt any other political affiliation.

“I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party, which is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly vigilantism, who are dividing us by racializing all issues and inciting anti-white racism,” Gabbard said in an excerpt, that was sent to Twitter.

She went on to urge other moderate Democrats to follow in her footsteps.

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Tulsi Gabbard, former representative from Hawaii, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, U.S., Friday, February 25, 2022. (Tristan Wheelock/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Tulsi Gabbard, former representative from Hawaii, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, U.S., Friday, February 25, 2022. (Tristan Wheelock/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
(Tristan Wheelock/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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“I believe in a government that is of the people, by the people and for the people. Unfortunately, today’s Democratic Party does not do that. Instead, it stands for a government that is of, by and for the powerful elite,” she continued. “I am calling on my common sense, independent Democrats to join me in leaving the Democratic Party.”

Gabbard’s announcement served as the inaugural episode of the Tusli Gabbard Show, a podcast she now hosts.

Democratic presidential candidate Rep.  Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, listens during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New York Times at Otterbein University on Oct. 15 in Westerville, Ohio.  President Trump defended Gabbard against claims by Hillary Clinton that she was groomed by Russia to be a third-party presidential candidate in 2020. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, listens during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New York Times at Otterbein University on Oct. 15 in Westerville, Ohio. President Trump defended Gabbard against claims by Hillary Clinton that she was groomed by Russia to be a third-party presidential candidate in 2020. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Gabbard has become increasingly estranged from the Democratic establishment since her failed 2020 presidential bid. She has also become a vocal critic of President Biden, denouncing him for “pouring fuel on the flames” of division in the country.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich praised Tulsi for ditching the Democrats in a Tuesday statement on Fox News. He argued that she is one of many Americans who have traditionally voted blue but now find Democrats unrecognizable.

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[Gabbard] has always been kind of an independent maverick,” Gingrich said. “And I think when she ran for president, she realized how truly isolated she was from the vast majority of the Democratic Party, which is now, frankly, a right strange lot.. .I think you can see this drift. And we’ve certainly seen among Latinos a tremendous drift toward the Republican Party as they’ve been driven away by the weirder politics of the Democratic Party.”

This is a development story. Check back soon for updates.

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