Look out, Hillary. In a scathing op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) said that she is running for president, at least in part, to “undo Mrs. Clinton’s failed legacy.”
Clinton, Gabbard trade blows
It’s the latest development in the Democrats’ war of words. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently smeared Gabbard as being a “Russian asset” who was secretly receiving support from Russia or other foreign nations for a potential independent spoiler run at the presidency.
Gabbard quickly hit back in a tweet calling Clinton the “queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.” And in her Tuesday op-ed, Gabbard denounced the twice-failed nominee’s “foreign policy catastrophes.”
Undoing “Clinton’s failed legacy”
“From Iraq to Libya to Syria, her record is replete with foreign-policy catastrophes,” Gabbard wrote. “It’s a primary reason why I resigned as vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 2016 to endorse Bernie Sanders. Mrs. Clinton and the powerful media and political network she built up over decades have never forgiven this slight. The smears have been nonstop ever since.”
Gabbard noted that she has been routinely attacked with “falsehoods intended to destroy my reputation” that were launched by Clinton’s cronies in the “overreaching intelligence agencies” and by her “cheerleaders in the media.” But Gabbard says she remains undeterred, and instead is more resolved than ever to keep fighting.
Clinton’s failed foreign policies are on the ballot
More than just a “petty ‘spat,'” Gabbard says they have a “serious contrast in views” for Democratic primary voters to consider. “Mrs. Clinton already lost to Mr. Trump once. Why would Democrats think a Hillary 2.0 candidate would result in anything different?”
To be sure, regardless of whether Clinton herself actually runs or not, her foreign policy doctrine as shared by other Democratic candidates will be on the ballot. It’s a “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,” Gabbard wrote.
A Gabbard presidency would avoid all of those things, she said, and would feature “diplomacy and cooperation rather than confrontation and conflict.”
In order to give herself the best chance at actually winning the White House in order to implement her foreign policy outlook, Gabbard announced that she would not be running for re-election to Congress and would focus exclusively on her bid for the presidency.
“Only when we recognize the failings of the past — embodied by Mrs. Clinton and her minions in the media — can we move forward to a future of peace, dignity, transparency, and aloha,” she concluded.
Gabbard and Trump should team up against Clinton
As unlikely as a Gabbard nomination may be, her vehement efforts to separate herself from the Clinton-esque candidates in her party is rather refreshing. But conservatives should bear in mind that despite her differences from Clinton and many other Democrats, she still leans left on most issues, including abortion and immigration.
Of course, Gabbard’s foreign policy outlook is actually quite similar to that of President Trump’s. It would be quite interesting to see if those two could set aside their own differences to team up, if only temporarily, in a coordinated effort to fix the establishment’s foreign policy failures.