Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Explains Why She Voted ‘Present’ on Impeachment

by Shelby Talcott


Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard explained Thursday how a “deep love of country” motivated her to vote “present” on Wednesday’s impeachment ballot.

Gabbard was the sole Democrat to vote “present” on impeaching President Donald Trump, causing a stir among media and fellow lawmakers. She explained the decision Thursday on The Hill’s “Rising With Krystal Ball & Saagar Enjeti.”

“My motivation is always coming from a deep love of country,” Gabbard said. “And that’s where, after doing my due diligence and going through the exhaustive report that was put out … I came to that conclusion that I could not, in good conscience, vote either ‘yes’ or ‘no.’”

“A ‘no’ vote was unacceptable to me because Donald Trump is absolutely guilty of wrongdoing,” Gabbard continued. “A ‘yes’ vote was unacceptable to me because impeachment should never come about as a culmination of a highly partisan process. This is something that our founders warned us about.”

The Hawaii congresswoman noted that the decision to remove the president from office “must be in the hands of voters.” She added that she believes “strongly” in her decision to vote present, telling co-hosts Ball and Enjeti she was “taking a stand for the center” as well as democracy.

Gabbard also quashed rumors that she plans to run as a third-party candidate. She called them “ridiculous” and “baseless,” suggesting that Americans “listen to what she’s saying.”

“Our country is torn apart. This impeachment process has only further divided an already divided country,” Gabbard said. “I’m running for president to try to bring people together, so that working side-by-side we can usher in a bright future.”

The congresswoman took a stand against Trump during Thursday’s interview as well, despite not voting for impeachment Wednesday evening. She said there is “no question” Trump is “unfit to serve as president.”

“I am running for president to defeat him for that reason,” Gabbard said before listing various things Trump has allegedly done wrong.

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Shelby Talcott is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Background Photo “Impeachment Vote” by CSPAN. 






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3 Thoughts to “Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Explains Why She Voted ‘Present’ on Impeachment”

  1. CCW

    Gabbard sounds more like a Tea Party Patriot to me. What’s the deal with her?

  2. Karen Bracken

    A lot of BS words that comes right down to the fact that she is a coward and afraid to stand on her principles. If she felt Trump was guilty of wrong doing then she should have voted with her party. What proof does she or any of them have that Trump committed a crime punishable by impeachment? She has none. She is a coward and her vote was to appease both sides and take the heat off of her but we are not fooled. We all understand what a “present” vote means. Obama used it all the time. This way they can never be blamed for voting the wrong way.

  3. Ralph

    Rep. Gabbard is a leftist ideologue masquerading as a moderate. Consider that, much to her credit, she has a long and storied history of opposing the false narrative regarding Syria and our intervention there – she’s taken a lot of flack for that, from all political persuasions.

    Yet, when President Trump proposed to withdraw all US forces from Syria, she was conspicuously absent in the vote.

    Actions, not rhetoric, is what matters. Likewise here, if she was opposed to the impeachment, she should have had the integrity to vote no – it’s not like she had much to politically lose in doing so – but her true colors came through…again.