Vrindavan Gabbard shot at the host network, tweeting (through her big sister’s account), “It’s clear who MSNBC wants to be president: Elizabeth Warren. They’re giving her more time than all the other candidates combined. They aren’t giving any time to Tulsi at all.”
It's clear who MSNBC wants to be president: Elizabeth Warren. They're giving her more time than all the other candidates combined. They aren't giving any time to Tulsi at all. -V (Tulsi's sister)— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) June 27, 2019
She was dissatisfied despite a Drudge Report opinion poll that showed 40 percent of people deemed the Hawaiian congresswoman the “winner” among her 10 competitors (Sen. Warren of Massachusetts earned 11.2 percent of the Drudge vote, trailed by former Maryland congressman John Delaney and New York City mayor Bill De Blasio, reports The Hill).
Gabbard also ranked “most searched” candidate per Google Trends and was complimented by Meghan McCain who tweeted that she was “composed and authentic” during the Miami, Fla. event.
Vrindavan’s swipes felt “petty” on Twitter.
There it is. The whiny, Trumpy Gabbard tweet. Do better, tulsi camp.— It's Me Lisa (@leeeeeeeesssa33) June 27, 2019
Tulsi’s sister, Do you not have your own Twitter account?— Jamison Hill (@NotTheWhiskey) June 27, 2019
Put on your big girl pants.— SarahCA 💙🌊 (@SarahBCalif) June 27, 2019
Wrong. Petty Betty over there! Envy is not a good look.— Melissa Spivey Garcia (@Melissa_Spivey) June 27, 2019
Dear Tulsi's sister,— Tina M. Quirk 🌊 (@TMQuirk) June 27, 2019
It was a debate. 10 people were on stage. Stop pouting because I heard your sister loud and clear having her chance to talk. Still not going to vote for her, but she was heard.
My opinion of you just dropped several notches. This is the kind of commentary we get from Trump.— David Hoffman (@atDavidHoffman) June 27, 2019
And that's what makes V's tweet an astounding fail. @TulsiGabbard , that's why people hide their families when they run for office. So embarrassing they are!— GG (@GeorgiaBlue404) June 27, 2019
According to a June profile of Tulsi in New York Magazine, Vrindavan (a federal marshal nicknamed “Davs”) has been a mouthpiece for her sister since childhood. “And she continues to do much of the talking for her today,” the story noted. “When they were at a store as girls, it was Vrindavan who would interact with the cashier; Tulsi was too nervous. If the phone rang, Tulsi would wait for her sister to answer. If Vrindavan disobeyed their parents, Tulsi would be upset...”
Tulsi herself seemed pleased with her performance, as she told conservative news website Breitbart on Wednesday night. “I’m grateful to have had this opportunity here tonight to present who I am and why I’m running for president to the American people,” she said. “I think it’s important that we all recognize that we need a president who will serve the needs of every American in this country, who will put their interest ahead of their own.”
At the debate, the 38-year-old military veteran highlighted her tours of duty in Iraq and Kuwait and her present role as Army National Guard Major. Tulsi also scored big when she informed Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan of a key difference between the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
While arguing that the United States needs military presence in Afghanistan, Ryan suggested that the Taliban was responsible for the 911 attacks in New York City.
“I didn’t say squash them,” said Ryan. “When we weren’t in there, they started flying planes into our buildings. So I’m just saying right now…”
Tulsi responded, “The Taliban didn't attack us on 9/11, Al-Qaeda did. Al-Qaeda attacked us on 9/11, that’s why I and so many people joined the military to fight Al-Qaeda, not the Taliban.”
According to the Washington Post, New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker spoke for the most minutes (10.9), Texan Rep. Beto O’Rourke for 10.3, while Warren spoke for 9.3 minutes, and Gabbard logged in 6.6 minutes.
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