Gabbard irks many in Democratic Party with criticism of candidates, positions

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a converted Hindu, has taken on the Democratic establishment, saying her party is  “not the party that is of, by and for the people,” accusing Kamala Harris of trafficking in “lies and smears and innuendo” and attacking Pete Buttigieg as naïve, according to a Politico report.

The Hawaii representative who is seeking the Democratic Party’s 2020 nomination for president, has incurred the ire of some rank-and-file Democrats and been called “the favorite of the Russians” by former Secretary of State, the party’s 2016 nominee for president.

“The question is whether she seriously hopes to be the nominee or if she has another agenda … her attacks on other candidates and her positions on issues seem very personal, not so much about a set of policies or worldview,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), according to Politico. Bernie Sanders has “a coherent set of principles. Elizabeth Warren’s the same. I don’t perceive a fixed set of principles or worldview on her part.”

Gabbard, a Hawaii National Guard major who deployed to Iraq for 12 months in 2004 and 2005, is the first practicing Hindu and the first Samoan-American member of Congress. She converted to Hinduism when she was a teenager.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut said that he’s mystified as to what Gabbard is up to.

“She sort of seems to be filling a pretty strange lane. Is there a part of the party that hates the party?” said Murphy, according to Politico. “It’s a little hard to figure out what itch she’s trying to scratch in the Democratic Party right now.”

The Hawaii congresswoman’s presence on the debate stage is becoming a headache for the party as she uses the platform to appeal to isolationists, dissatisfied liberals and even conservatives, the Politico reports said. She has managed to secure a spot on the debate stage as candidates such as Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Gov. Steve Bullock (D-Mont.) failed to meet polling and donor thresholds to participate.