‘STUPID:’ Gabbard Faces Heat for ‘Present’ Vote on Impeachment

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(Liberty Headlines) Longshot presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is facing some heat in her heavily Democratic home state of Hawaii for voting “present” on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, while one former U.S. Senator said she was “stupid” for doing so.

Kai Kahele, a Democratic state senator who is running to succeed Gabbard in Congress, said the two most consequential votes that a member of Congress will ever cast are on whether to send troops into harm’s way and whether to impeach a president. He said her decision to vote “present” was disappointing and unacceptable.

“It’s a political stunt, is what I think it was,” Kahele said in a phone interview.

He said the vote left their congressional district voiceless yet again, noting Gabbard has recently skipped most House votes while she campaigns for the Democratic nomination for president.


According to the website govtrack.us, Gabbard missed 88.7% of the 141 House votes taken in the past three months.

Gabbard announced earlier this year she would not run for re-election to the House so she could focus on her presidential campaign. This decision came after she spent much of the year traveling to Iowa and New Hampshire. Kahele, meanwhile, was busily courting voters across their district which spans suburban Honolulu and largely rural nearby islands.

Sandy Ma, the executive director of Common Cause Hawaii, said Gabbard’s votes aren’t representative of the people in her district. She said Gabbard “shamed herself.”

“In Hawaii, our constituents, the public in Hawaii, especially Representative Gabbard’s constituents, have been very vocal in saying that President Trump has violated his oath of office, has violated the rule of law and has violated the U.S. Constitution,” Ma said.

Hawaii’s other representative in the House, Rep. Ed Case, another Democrat, voted in favor of impeachment.

But voter Paul Langer, an independent unaffiliated with a particular political party, said he thought Gabbard made a good decision, saying impeachment has to be a bipartisan act.

“Well the question, you know, in my mind is, you know, did the president commit anything that would rise to the level of a criminal event and I don’t see it,” said Langer, a retired telecommunications executive living in Honolulu.

Back in Washington, progressive standard-bearer and passionate impeachment advocate Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat from New York, said Gabbard’s stance conveyed weakness.

“Today was very consequential, and to not take a stand one way or another, on a day of such great consequence to this country, I think is quite difficult,” she told reporters after the vote Wednesday night. “We are sent here to lead…Whenever we have a vote, we should vote ‘yes’ and we should vote ‘no.’ Voting ‘present’ is a very tough position to be in.”

And former U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, now a commentator for MSNBC, ridiculed Gabbard for her vote.

“That’s just stupid!” McCaskill said. “What is the point? I don’t know what this woman is accomplishing by that.”

Gabbard said she was “standing in the center” by voting present.

“I could not in good conscience vote against impeachment because I believe President Trump is guilty of wrongdoing,” she said in a statement. “I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country.”

Adapted from reporting by Associated Press.