Addressing at Turning Point USA Student Action Summit, President Trump said his respect for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) for her attitude toward the House impeachment vote, reported The Blaze.
“I give her respect. She didn’t vote the other day. I give her a lot of respect because she knew it was wrong,” he said.
Gabbard is one of the Democrat presidential candidates running for the 2020 race. She was the only one who voted “present” on both impeachment articles at the House on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Her voting later got aggressive blasts from her fellow Democrats. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was in disbelief after Gabbard caught her off guard when she declared that she will not be taking a side in the historic impeachment moment.
“Today was very consequential, and to not take a stand one way or another, on a day of such great consequence to this country, I think is quite difficult,” Ocasio-Cortez said at the end of the House vote. “We are sent here to lead.”
Gabbard reasoned she didn’t want to divide the country further, saying “My vote today is a vote for much needed reconciliation and hope that together we can heal our country.”
“I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country,” Gabbard said. “When I cast my vote in support of the impeachment inquiry nearly three months ago, I said that in order to maintain the integrity of this solemn undertaking, it must not be a partisan endeavor. Tragically, that’s what it has been.”
She also criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), for suggesting that the House could postpone the transmission of the impeachment articles until the Senate—which has a Republican majority—sets the parameters for a trial.
During an interview Friday with Hill.TV, Gabbard, said Pelosi “can’t just make up the rules as she goes along. … If you’re going to pursue this process, you’ve got to let it play out the whole way through.”
In his speech on Dec. 21, President Trump dismissed Hillary Clinton’s remark on Gabbard, citing “I don’t know her, but I know one thing: She is not an agent of Russia.”