Tulsi Gabbard
Some former democratic leaders have called upon Hawaiian voters to vote Rep. Tulsi Gabbard out of office.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — A pair of veteran Democratic leaders, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden, are calling on Hawaiians to vote Rep. Tulsi Gabbard out of office after the Democrat questioned whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for last week’s chemical attack.

“People of Hawaii’s 2nd District — was it not enough for you that your rep met with a murderous dictator? Will this move you?” Tanden tweeted Friday in response to Gabbard’s comments that she is “skeptical” Assad is responsible for the chemical attack.


Dean compared Gabbard’s comments to President Donald Trump’s Twitter blasts. “This is a disgrace. Gabbard should not be in Congress,” the former Vermont governor tweeted. He later added, “She sounds like Trump making excuses.”



Rep. Gabbard sits on the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees, she took a somewhat mysterious trip alone earlier this year to meet with Assad in Syria without alerting House Speaker Paul Ryan — a move that drew heavy criticism from some of her House colleagues. But the Democrat, who at the time was a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ few supporters, explained she wanted to engage in dialogue with Assad.

Gabbard said during an interview with CNN that her ultimate goal is to help achieve finding peace in Syria. “Why should we just blindly follow this escalation of a counterproductive regime-change war?”

“There’s responsibility that goes around,” Gabbard said.”Standing here pointing fingers does not accomplish peace for the Syrian people. It will not bring about an end to this war.”

Gabbard has also voiced concerns of sparking a potential nuclear war with Russia, which backs the Assad regime. Tensions between the U.S. and Russia have peaked since the strike, with Russian officials alerting U.S. officials that they were shutting down a line of communication designed to keep Russian and U.S. warplanes from colliding over Syria, although a senior US military official disputed that the communication channel was suspended.

Dean is the former head of the Democratic National Committee; Tanden was thought to be the frontrunner to serve as White House Chief of Staff had Hillary Clinton won last November. No matter their influence, chasing Gabbard out of office at this time would be an uphill battle.

Gabbard beat her Republican opponent last November with 81 percent of the vote, and she dismissed a Democratic primary challenger 85%-15%.