At the Democratic debate in Ohio on Tuesday, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), both veterans, clashed over the future of Syria policy now that President Donald Trump has unexpectedly withdrawn troops from the region and created chaos.
Buttigieg condemned Trump’s policy, saying “When I was deployed I knew one of the things keeping me safe was the flag on my shoulder represented a country that kept its word. You take that away, it takes away what makes America and America and makes the troops and our world a much more dangerous response.” Gabbard attacked him, accusing him of wanting to stay in Syria “for an indefinite period of time to continue this regime change war,” suggesting that the war was the fault of the United States, and repeated the Russian conspiracy theory that American troops were arming al-Qaeda.
Many commenters on social media reacted with disgust at Gabbard’s mischaracterization of Buttigieg’s position on national security, her false narrative about how the Syrian war began, and her seeming defense, yet again, of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad:
Tulsi Gabbard’s take on Syria is completely false. US did not start the war in Syria nor did we initiate a regime change. US did not back al Qaeda in Syria. Why didn’t the moderators or other candidates challenge her on these falsehoods?
— Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom) October 16, 2019
So yeah, Tulsi is an Assad regime apologist and a dangerous person.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 16, 2019
Tulsi is solidifying that one percent. Can somebody please hit her on Assad?#DemocraticDebate
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) October 16, 2019
I am so tired of having to hear Tulsi Gabbard spew garbage. pic.twitter.com/T501h7nq2T
— Tulsi is a Homophobe (@DianaTremaine82) October 16, 2019
That’s not what he is saying and OMG why can she talk?
— lil bit Irish (@tinydancer0318) October 16, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard blamed everyone except Assad for the loss of life in Syria.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) October 16, 2019
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) October 16, 2019
It is a fact that the Russian talking point for years has been that the United States arms al-Qaeda in Syria. Tulsi Gabbard just said it on national television.
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) October 16, 2019
Pete explains why the carnage in Syria is ACTUALLY happening right now, gets cheers.
Tulsi says Pete just wants to war everybody forever for no reason.
Pete says, "You can put an end to war without embracing Donald Trump's policy." And also Tulsi Gabbard is a goddamned idiot.
— Wonkette (@Wonkette) October 16, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard makes me miss Marianne Williamson. LOL #DemDebate
— Just a country lawyer.(Kelly) Nationality:Chicago (@dancingvalentin) October 16, 2019
Say bye-bye to Tulsi Gabbard after tonight. She's against impeachment, against addressing Syria and whines about how the mainstream media treats her. Reminds me of someone…. Her 15 minutes are up. #DemDebate
— Chris Rogers (@Codename_Leo) October 16, 2019
‘Disqualifying’: Pete Buttigieg faces backlash for praising right-wing Tea Party movement in resurfaced 2010 video
"I believe we might find that we have a lot in common," Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said during an event hosted by Citizens for Common Sense.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing backlash over a resurfaced video from 2010 in which he offered words of praise for the right-wing Tea Party movement and expressed a desire to find common ground.
During an October 2010 forum in Indiana hosted by the Tea Party-affiliated group Citizens for Common Sense, Buttigieg—then a candidate for Indiana state treasurer—told the audience that "there's some, especially in my party, who think the Tea Party's a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party."
Sanders becomes fastest presidential candidate in history to reach 4 million individual donations
"This is damn impressive," said progressive strategist Rebecca Katz.
Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign announced Tuesday morning that it reached four million individual contributions faster than any presidential candidate in history, a milestone the campaign touted as evidence that the Vermont senator is surging with less than 80 days to go before the Iowa caucuses.
"This is what momentum looks like," Faiz Shakir, Sanders' campaign manager, said in a statement.
Optimistic Democrats are lining up to run for Texas’ high courts in 2020
The depth of the bench for non-marquee statewide races, like the state’s two high courts and the Railroad Commission, is a measure of how high Democratic hopes have soared ahead of the 2020 election.
For Brandon Birmingham, a state district judge in Dallas, the 2020 race for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals started on election night 2018.
As he watched Beto O’Rourke win more votes than any Texas Democrat ever had in a statewide race, Birmingham — who won reelection that night with 100% of the vote in his countywide district — began to mull his own chances at winning Texas. Within weeks, he’d reached out to the state Democratic Party. By December, he’d sat down with party officials over breakfast in Dallas to discuss a possible run.