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Dem leaders break convention tradition, snub Tulsi

One key reason Sen. Kamala Harris is the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee is that Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard torpedoed any chance Harris ever had of landing at the top of the ticket.

But apparently Democratic leaders got a little payback on Harris’s behalf during the Democratic National Convention, as Gabbard was denied an opportunity to address the party faithful.

In July 2019, after Harris dropped the race card and shredded Joe Biden’s standing as the front-runner in the first debate, Gabbard returned the favor. The Hawaiian blasted Harris’s record as California’s attorney general for her high volume of marijuana arrests, for withholding evidence that could have freed a Death Row inmate and for housing prisoners beyond their release date so they could be used for cheap labor. 

Harris lost a third of her support over the next month and that declined steadily until she left the race in December. Gabbard, however, soldiered on and remained in the race three months longer than Harris, having gathered what The Guardian described as “an eclectic coalition of anti-war Democrats, independent voters, libertarians and disaffected Republicans.” She even picked up two delegates in the primary in American Samoa. 

That made Gabbard one of seven Democrats — out of the 25 who began the race — to win pledged convention delegates.

But as The Washington Times noted Thursday, while the other six — Biden, Bernie Sanders, Michael Bloomberg, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar — were given time to speak at the convention, the party’s powerbrokers blocked Gabbard.

Gabbard tweeted that she “was not invited to participate in any way,” which apparently broke with longstanding tradition to give candidates who had won delegates an opportunity to take center stage. 

During her presidential trek, Gabbard made powerful enemies. Not only did Harris once dub her an “apologist” for Syrian strongman Basher al Assad, but Hillary Clinton had also declared Gabbard a “Russian asset,” which invited a defamation lawsuit from Gabbard.

While Gabbard could deliver some sharp criticism of President Donald Trump, she arguably was the Democrat who was least hostile to the president.

That, too, may have been a factor in the snub, which was evident to some Gabbard fans. One tweeted, “The lack of invitation once again exposes the blatant DNC bias and Hillary Clinton proxies that have pursued Tulsi this entire time.”

PHOTO: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

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