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Tulsi Gabbard Threatens to Boycott Next Debate, Saying It’s ‘Commercialized Reality Television’

Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard threatened on Thursday to boycott the October 15 Democratic main debate, claiming that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was working with the company media to rig the election and turning the debates into “commercialized reality television.”

In a video posted to social media, Gabbard mentioned that many Iowa and New Hampshire voters had expressed to her their frustration that “the DNC and the corporate media are essentially trying to usurp” the voters’ position in selecting the 2020 Democratic nominee. “I share your concerns,” she mentioned.

“The 2016 Democratic primary election was rigged by the DNC and their partners in the corporate media against Bernie Sanders,” mentioned the Hawaii congresswoman. “In this 2020 election, the DNC and the corporate media are rigging the election again, but this time it’s against the American people in the early voting states,” she added, naming Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

I’m severely contemplating boycotting October 15 debate to deliver consideration to DNC/company media’s effort to rig 2020 main. Not in opposition to Bernie this time, however in opposition to voters in early states Iowa, New Hampshire, South… –> https://t.co/x5P3GFGbyn pic.twitter.com/UgKCj6DGI0

— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) October 10, 2019

“They’re attempting to replace the roles of voters in the early states, using polling and other arbitrary methods, which are not transparent or Democratic,” she continued. Gabbard then slammed the “so-called” debates, arguing that they “really are not debates at all.” She mentioned they’re truly “commercialized reality television meant to entertain rather than to inform or enlighten.”

Concluding her remarks, Gabbard insisted that the DNC and the company media are “trying to hijack the entire election process.” The congresswoman mentioned she was “seriously considering” boycotting the subsequent Democratic debate and would announce her choice “within the next few days.”

The DNC didn’t instantly reply to Newsweek‘s request for touch upon Gabbard’s allegations and her menace to boycott the controversy.

Gabbard is one in all 12 Democratic presidential candidates who’ve certified for the October debate. She additionally certified for the primary two debates, in June and July, however did not qualify for the third debate in September. After failing to fulfill the DNC {qualifications} for the earlier debate, Gabbard slammed the leaders of her occasion for missing transparency of their necessities for candidates. She questioned why some polls had been accepted by the DNC as qualifiers whereas others weren’t, mentioning that quite a few unaccepted polls confirmed her having sufficient voter help to take part.

However, critics pushed again in opposition to Gabbard’s criticism, noting that the DNC has been clear in its tips for what number of donors candidates are required to have, in addition to how excessive they should ballot and which polls are acceptable.

Author and activist Marianne Williamson, one other candidate for the Democratic nomination, has additionally criticized the DNC and voiced her help for Gabbard.

Tulsi Gabbard Threatens to Boycott Next Debate, Saying It's 'Commercialized Reality Television'
Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard on “Fox & Friends” on September 24. Slaven Vlasic/Getty

“I have great respect for Tulsi for saying such inconvenient truth. She is absolutely correct,” Williamson tweeted on Thursday, sharing Gabbard’s video message. Williamson didn’t qualify for the October 15 debate.

In an interview with Fox News final month, Williamson mentioned, “I would say that I feel that I’ve learned that the system is even more corrupt than I knew.”

As Gabbard identified, in 2016 the DNC was broadly seen as appearing unethically by supporting Hillary Clinton’s main marketing campaign, though Senator Bernie Sanders was drawing important help from voters. However, it is a matter of debate as as to whether the first election course of was “rigged” in opposition to Sanders. The DNC has made some important reforms in an try to make the method extra clear.

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