Tulsi Gabbard, the former congresswoman from Hawaii and 2020 presidential candidate, announced she is no longer a member of the Democratic Party.
She has held several positions within the Party including Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2013 to 2016.
In a video statement posted to social media, Gabbard explained her decision to leave. She said the party is "now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers" and said it is driven by "wokeness," the term often used to describe political correctness.
I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue and stoke anti-white racism, actively work to undermine our God-given freedoms enshrined in our Constitution, are hostile to people of faith and spirituality, demonize the police and protect criminals at the expense of law-abiding Americans, believe in open borders, weaponize the national security state to go after political opponents, and above all, are dragging us ever closer to nuclear war.
I believe in a government that is of the people, by the people, and for the people. Unfortunately, today’s Democratic Party does not. Instead, it stands for a government of, by, and for the powerful elite.
I’m calling on my fellow common sense independent minded Democrats to join me in leaving the Democratic Party. If you can no longer stomach the direction that so-called woke Democratic Party ideologues are taking our country, I invite you to join me.