Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who recently met with and voiced support for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, criticized Trump’s sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) criticized President Trump’s $350 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia in a statement over the weekend, pointing to Saudi Arabia’s poor human rights record.
The final sentences of Gabbard’s statement read:
[The Trump administration’s] hypocrisy continues now as the Trump administration talks tough against ISIS and terrorism, while selling weapons to, supporting, and praising a country that beheads dissidents, oppresses women, persecutes religious minorities, atheists, and LGBT people, and is the greatest supporter of terror groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS in the world today. This arms deal will enable Saudi Arabia to use U.S.-made weapons in their war crimes against Yemeni civilians in a brutal civil war, and continue perpetuating human rights atrocities at home and abroad.
But Gabbard visited Syria in January, where she infamously met with dictator Bashar al-Assad. In the immediate aftermath of her trip, she repeated Assad’s talking points on CNN, characterizing Syrian rebel groups as terrorists.
Following Amnesty International’s report on the savage “extermination” at Assad’s Sadnaya Prison, Gabbard called the allegations “heart-wrenching” but offered no criticism of Assad or his regime.
It was later revealed that the Assad regime had constructed a mass crematorium at Sadnaya to dispose of the victims of mass killings.
Even though almost every credible official and source agreed that Assad had carried out the attack, Gabbard spread baseless conspiracy theories propagated by the Assad regime and their Russian allies.
Democrats like Neera Tanden and Howard Dean expressed disgust at Gabbard’s remarks.
People of Hawaii's 2nd district – was it not enough for you that your rep met with a murderous dictator? Will this move you?1 https://t.co/jbwGuZIJ6R
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) April 7, 2017
This is a disgrace. Gabbard should not be in Congress. https://t.co/yDTh43GZam
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) April 9, 2017
Gabbard accused the Trump administration of “hypocrisy” on human rights, but her own record, unfortunately, is nothing to write home about.
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