(PM.) Former Democratic congresswoman and 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard guest hosted Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight on Friday, triggering negative reactions from within her party.
Gabbard used the opportunity to criticize the FBI raid on former president Donald Trump’s home.
“Now whatever your views are on Donald Trump, there’s no denying that the unprecedented raid on his Palm Beach home earlier this week has set our country on a dangerous new course, and there’s no turning back,” Gabbard said.
Trump search warrant: This isn’t about whether or not you support Trump. This is about our civil liberties.
Trump search warrant: This isn’t about whether or not you support Trump. This is about our civil liberties. pic.twitter.com/ekFlXqIKuP
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) August 13, 2022
Gabbard, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves, said law enforcement is being “weaponized to target the political opponents of the uniparty.” The “Biden regime” displays “hallmarks of a dictatorship,” she said.
Kristopher Goldsmith, a veteran who studies “far-right” and “fascist” movements, took to Twitter to accuse Gabbard of filling in for a “white nationalist.” Goldsmith claimed Gabbard violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice by criticizing Biden. The code states that any “commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President” could face a court-martial.
Gabbard was not speaking while on order nor as a representative of the military. She is free to criticize the president as a private citizen.
If Goldsmith’s assertion were true, then the multiple US Representatives who serve in the National Guard as reservists would be unable to engage in politics.