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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:56 PM

Gabbard-Hirono clash shocks Hawaii

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Gabbard, who announced Friday that she has decided to run for president in 2020, made headlines and provoked an irritated response from Hirono earlier in the week by implicitly accusing the senator and other Democrats in an op-ed published in The Hill of having “weaponized religion for their own selfish gain” in their questioning.

While Gabbard did not mention Hirono by name, her fellow Hawaiian clearly saw the op-ed as friendly fire.

Hirono, an outspoken critic of President Trump, returned fire in a statement that dinged Gabbard for giving ammo to Trump’s right-wing allies.

“Over the past two years, the Senator has been attacked by right wing ideologues for her examination of Donald Trump’s ideologically-driven nominees to the courts. It is unfortunate that Congresswoman Gabbard based her misguided opinion on the far-right wing manipulation of these straightforward questions,” Will Dempster, Hirono’s spokesman, said in a statement.


I'd say that her campaign isn't off to a rip-roaring start...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:57 PM

1. the gabbard family is well known for their values. hardly shocked at all nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:59 PM

2. Wheels coming off the bus

before it has even left the parking lot.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 05:19 PM

3. She's trying to make money

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 05:27 PM

4. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard accuses fellow Democrats of 'religious bigotry' in questioning judicial..

nominee.

Hirono’s office responded Wednesday that Gabbard was mischaracterizing her questioning of Buescher, and that the senator was voicing her concerns about the nominee’s past public statements rather than his religion.

“It is unfortunate that Congresswoman Gabbard based her misguided opinion on the far-right wing manipulation of these straightforward questions,” Hirono spokesman Will Dempster said in a statement.

He added that over the past two years, Hirono “has been attacked by right wing ideologues for her examination of Donald Trump’s ideologically-driven nominees to the courts.”

“Senator Hirono asks all judicial nominees — particularly those who have expressed very strong personal ideological views in conflict with Supreme Court precedent — if they can be fair,” Dempster said. “She asked Mr. Buescher, who has a clear record of anti-choice activism, whether he could separate his personal beliefs from decisions he would make if confirmed for a lifetime appointment on the federal bench.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hawaii-rep-tulsi-gabbard-accuses-fellow-democrats-of-religious-bigotry-in-questioning-judicial-nominee/2019/01/09/2c17ecdc-1467-11e9-90a8-136fa44b80ba_story.html?utm_term=.97039859a6e2

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Senator Kamala Harris was also questioning Buescher.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 05:46 PM

6. Gabbard also targeted Feinstein for questioning Amy Coney Barrett, who belives that biblical law

is supreme; as such, the questions were entirely germane:

"Among other things, she (Barrett) strongly criticized Justice William Brennan’s statement about faith, in which he said that he took an oath to uphold the law, and that “there isn’t any obligation of our faith superior” to that oath. In response, Barrett wrote: “We do not defend this position as the proper response for a Catholic judge to take with respect to abortion or the death penalty.”

Leading Candidate For Supreme Court Claims Bible Precedes Constitution

And Barrett is a likely Trump choice for SCOTUS if we lose Ginsberg.

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Response to LongtimeAZDem (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 07:25 PM

8. That's ridiculous.. tulsi the dove..

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 07:10 PM

7. It is if her intention was never to win. Nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 07:32 PM

9. Sounds like she's the divide-the-Democrats candidate of 2020.

Kinda stupid for a congressperson to alienate a Dem senator from her own state, and other Dem senators from other states who she'll need support from, in beginning a campaign for the presidency.

Shooting yourself in the foot right out of the gate is not smart. It's stupid.

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Response to brush (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 07:39 PM

10. Exactly brush.. Mazie's Strong Pushback from the WaPo..

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard accuses fellow Democrats of 'religious bigotry' in questioning judicial nominee

Hirono’s office responded Wednesday that Gabbard was mischaracterizing her questioning of Buescher, and that the senator was voicing her concerns about the nominee’s past public statements rather than his religion.

“It is unfortunate that Congresswoman Gabbard based her misguided opinion on the far-right wing manipulation of these straightforward questions,” Hirono spokesman Will Dempster said in a statement.

He added that over the past two years, Hirono “has been attacked by right wing ideologues for her examination of Donald Trump’s ideologically-driven nominees to the courts.”

“Senator Hirono asks all judicial nominees — particularly those who have expressed very strong personal ideological views in conflict with Supreme Court precedent — if they can be fair,” Dempster said. “She asked Mr. Buescher, who has a clear record of anti-choice activism, whether he could separate his personal beliefs from decisions he would make if confirmed for a lifetime appointment on the federal bench.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hawaii-rep-tulsi-gabbard-accuses-fellow-democrats-of-religious-bigotry-in-questioning-judicial-nominee/2019/01/09/2c17ecdc-1467-11e9-90a8-136fa44b80ba_story.html?utm_term=.97039859a6e2

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Response to Cha (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 07:52 PM

11. Yeah, Cha, it's almost like she's been assigned an agenda.

Attacking other Dems right out of the gate is either stupid or on purpose.

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Response to brush (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 08:13 PM

14. She can't even read Senators Hirono and Harris

right.. not impressive for leadership skills.

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Response to Cha (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 07:55 PM

12. This ones DOA.

I just can't imagine her being able to build a volunteer movement of dedicated supporters or raise big dollars. My best advice to wannabees is to stay off twitter or at least think about it for a few days before you say things to piss someone off.

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Response to Scruffy1 (Reply #12)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 08:14 PM

15. I hope so, Scruffy.

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Response to brush (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 07:59 PM

13. and it's all in defense of Trump Trash.

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 08:17 PM

16. Why doesn't she run as a Republican? nt

 

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