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Gabbard's Overall Congressional Voting Record
According to the C-Span ideological ratings, based on DW-Nominate statistics, Tulsi Gabbard is not just more conservative than Babara Lee and Keith Ellison, she is also more conservative than Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
DW-Nominate uses 'a "scaling procedure", representing legislators on a spatial map. In this sense, a spatial map is much like a road map--the closeness of two legislators on the map shows how similar their voting records are. Using this measure of distance, DW-NOMINATE is able to recover the "dimensions" that inform congressional voting behavior.'
Gabbard's Very Conservative Affiliations
On May 5, 2016, Gabbard received a Champion of Freedom Award at the Jewish Values International Awards Gala. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach hosted this fourth major event of his World Values Network. He appears to have a close relationship with Steve Bannon.
One of the primary sponsors of the gala was Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. Along with Gabbard, he and his wife Miriam Adelson were honored at the event.
Sheldon Adelson is major GOP supporter, donating $10 million to the House GOP-aligned Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) in 2016 and $30 million to the CLF on May 10, 2018.
Following the 2016 presidential election, Tulsi Gabbard was the first elected Democrat to meet with Donald Trump. Steve Bannon set up the meeting.
On May 2, 2018, Franklin Graham's relief organization Samaritan's Purse delivered tons of supplies and personnel to Kauai after recent devastating floods. According to the Samaritan's Purse website:
'Gabbard said she met Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham a few years ago and has kept in touch. She told the audience, “As soon as I got on the phone with him [Graham], within 10 minutes, I was getting a call from Luther Harrison [Samaritan’s Purse Vice President of North American Ministries] who was already booking a flight. They got here literally as fast as they humanly possibly could.”'
Franklin Graham is known for his strong support for Trump and his conservative political views -- as well as for leveraging his religious influence politically.
Gabbard's Neutral Positions on the Trump Administration
Since Trump's election, Gabbard has declined to join her colleagues when they've made demands on the Administration. As early as November 2016, Gabbard declined to join 169 democrats on a letter to Trump urging him not to appoint Steve Bannon to his cabinet.
“Bigotry, anti-Semitism and xenophobia should have no place in our society, and they certainly have no place in the White House,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) said in a Wednesday statement.
“Whether intentional or not, the appointment of Mr. Bannon sends a disturbing message about what kind of president Donald Trump wants to be,” the House Judiciary Committee member added.
When constituents asked Gabbard why she wouldn't sign the Bannon letter, her reply was, "I've not gotten into name-calling."
Gabbard did not add her name to any of these letters either.
47 Democrats and 3 GOP signed a letter to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Apri 10, 2017.
They requested his immediate assistance in securing an end to targeting and slaughter of gay men in Chechnya. They also asked him to support a fair investigation and punishment for the perpetrators.
52 Democrats and 1 GOP signed a letter to President Trump on July 13, 2017.
They requested he end the silence on Chechnya's gay concentration camps.
64 Democratis signed a letter to the Senate Minority and Majority Leaders on March 7, 2018.
It urges Senate Leadership to oppose Trump's nomination Stuart Kyle Duncan to the US Court of Appeals. They oppose his efforts to deny equality to LGBTQ people.
For fiscal years 2016 and 2017, Congress allocated $120 million to the State Department for countering Russian election meddling. In March 2018, 20 of 21 Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee signed a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in March 2018.
They requested an explanation as to why the State Department had not yet spent any of those moneys.
On April 6, 2018 64 Democrats signed a letter to President Trump requesting the immediate dismissal of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.
The Representatives raised Pruitt's unethical behavior, wasteful use of taxpayer money, and numerous actions in opposition to EPA's mission.
140 House Democrats wrote to President Trump on March 12, 2018.
They urged him to impose sanctions on Russia in response to its interference in the 2016 election.
171 Democrats wrote to the Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on December 21, 2017.
They wrote to express their support for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.