Tulsi Gabbard votes ‘present’ on both impeachment articles, stoking liberal ire on Twitter
Voting “present” instead of “yes” or “no” in Wednesday’s full House vote for two impeachment articles passed in committee last week, Gabbard became one of only a tiny minority of Democrats to swim against the current in her own party.
“I 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 in a lengthy statement after the vote.
My vote today is a vote for much needed reconciliation and hope that together we can heal our country. Let's work together side-by-side, seeking common ground to usher in a bright future.
Though she said President Donald Trump has “violated [the] public trust” through “innumerable improprieties and abuses,” Gabbard maintained the impeachment process was only creating more “fragmentation and polarity” which are now “ripping the country apart.”
The congresswoman has previously signaled doubt about the impeachment process as a whole – favoring a vote to censure the president over an attempt to remove him from office. The move nonetheless took some netizens by surprise, especially among Twitter’s more left-leaning user base.
She went full Switzerland. Never go full Switzerland. Especially if you’re trying to become President of the United States.— Todd Hunter (@MToddHunter) December 19, 2019
“You will definitely NOT be missed. Just join the GOP and get it over with,” one user said.
The reaction wasn’t entirely negative, however, as some commenters celebrated Gabbard’s decision as a brave stand against the Democratic establishment.
So proud of @TulsiGabbard right now for not playing into the games! By abstaining from the proceedings This is why she called for censure last night. She is in essence making it known that she doesn’t agree with the process in the first place. pic.twitter.com/HR7kod9CSv— Christopher #UnusualAmerican Tishlias 🌺⌛️🔮 (@Cheese12987) December 19, 2019
Democrats attacking @TulsiGabbard now for thinking for herself and not following the crowd. Mad respect for her.— Aldo (@aldom92) December 19, 2019
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