The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is causing controversy once again. It recently announced candidates would need at least 20% of pledged delegates to participate in the March 15 debate. Previously, candidates only needed one pledged delegate to qualify for the debate. People have good reason to think the DNC changed its rules to snub Tulsi Gabbard, who only has two pledged delegates. Gabbard is not conservative in the slightest but is known for challenging the Democratic establishment. In 2016, she left a position in the DNC to protest the organization’s close ties with Hillary Clinton. She has condemned both Democrats and Republicans for supporting an interventionist foreign policy. Also, she attacked Kamala Harris for acting as a corrupt prosecutor when no other Democrat on stage had the courage to do so.
During her 2020 presidential campaign, the media and some on the left attacked Gabbard with unsubstantiated smears. The New York Times, for example, accused her of appealing to white nationalists and anti-Semites. Some people smeared Tulsi as a Russian asset, including Hillary Clinton. Tulsi punched back, calling Clinton the “queen of warmongers” and “embodiment of corruption”. Also, big tech companies, beholden to leftists who want to censor their opposition, are not fans of Tulsi either. After her first debate performance, Gabbard had the highest search results on Google of all the candidates. Google suspended her campaign’s advertising account, and she went on to file a lawsuit against the tech giant. Conservative Steven Crowder claimed YouTube was removing Gabbard’s channel from search results. He later found that YouTube’s blacklisting of Gabbard only occurred for U.S. viewers, demonstrating the problem was not caused by an automated system.
The Democratic National Committee has angered both the right and left, demonstrating its corruption and favoritism toward certain candidates. In 2016, the DNC infamously conspired to aid Hillary Clinton, angering many Bernie Sanders supporters. The DNC also caused controversy when it allowed Michael Bloomberg to debate by eliminating the donor requirement. Former candidate Tom Steyer, Senior Adviser to Bernie Sanders Jeff Weaver, and Tulsi Gabbard all condemned the DNC for letting Bloomberg “buy his way in” to the debates. Conservatives do not have to agree with Tulsi Gabbard on everything, but the stifling of Gabbard by the DNC shows that it is a heavily biased organization that limits the power of candidates who do not toe the party line.