The former US presidential candidate said the party is fueled by “cowardly vigilance” and fuels “anti-white racism”.
A former Democratic representative from Hawaii has announced that she is leaving the party, calling it an “elitist cabal of warmongers” and inviting her “common-sense and independently-minded” peers to join her.
Tulsi Gabbard, a former United States presidential candidate, said in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday that the Democratic Party is driven by “cowardly vigilance.”
“I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party, now under the complete control of an elite cabal of warmongers, driven by cowardly vigilance, who divide us by racisting every issue and fomenting anti-white racism,” said Gabbard.
Gabbard added that the party is working to “demonize the police and protect criminals at the expense of law-abiding Americans.”
The development comes amid deepening polarization between the two major US parties ahead of midterm elections — crucial races scheduled for November 8 that will decide whether Republicans or Democrats will have control of Congress. The results will also impact the second half of President Joe Biden’s term.
Gabbard represented Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district from 2013 to 2021. In 2020, the Iraq war veteran unsuccessfully ran for the White House.
Gabbard has been a frequent critic of the Biden administration and has blasted his handling of Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Over the weekend, she said the government “doesn’t care about the American people.”
“Permanent Washington plunders us to serve the interests of the arms-producing global oligarchy while we struggle to pay for gas/food/rent and our soldiers depend on food stamps,” she said in a tweet.
In February, in an unusual move for a Democrat, Gabbard spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a gathering of the country’s most conservative officials and political activists.
In 2017, she made a secret trip to Syria, where she met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Gabbard did not specify if or when she plans to join another party.