Gabbard news items generating more social interactions than other 2020 Democrats: study

Gabbard news items generating more social interactions than other 2020 Democrats: study
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News stories centered on Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard on Chicago mayor's decision to limit media interviews to people of color: 'Anti-white racism' Fox News says network and anchor Leland Vittert have 'parted ways' New co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials MORE's (D-Hawaii) presidential campaign have generated more social media interactions than any other 2020 Democrat, according to data analyzed by Axios.

The news outlet analyzed interactions on Facebook and Twitter — measured as likes, comments and shares — from Sept. 16 to Dec. 8 and found Gabbard outpaced all other 2020 Democratic candidates, with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE coming in as a close second.

Gabbard generated an average of 858 social media interactions for each news story. Biden averaged 852 interactions, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure Feehery: 8 reasons why Biden should take the bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (I-Vt.) garnered 763 and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate to vote on elections bill Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda Progressives fear nightmare scenario over voting rights assault MORE (D-Mass.) came in fourth with an average of 648 interactions.


Gabbard has had several viral moments on the debate stage, as she has frequently taken aim at her fellow Democratic opponents and has even dueled with 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Some Democrats worry rising crime will cost them The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats await Manchin decision on voting rights bill Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda MORE.

Gabbard in one exchange called Clinton the “queen of warmongers” and “embodiment of corruption.”

Gabbard also sparred with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisA call to action for strategic space competition with China Old-guard Democrats must end the filibuster and symbolic progress Biden job approval at 43 percent in Iowa: poll MORE (D-Calif.), criticizing the former presidential candidate's record as attorney general of California.

Axios noted Gabbard’s penchant for social media interactions is due, in part, to her appeal to right-wing media.

This week, Gabbard said that she wouldn't participate in the upcoming December debate even if she qualifies.


“For a number of reasons, I have decided not to attend the December 19th ‘debate’ — regardless of whether or not there are qualifying polls,” she tweeted Monday. “I instead choose to spend that precious time directly meeting with and hearing from the people of New Hampshire and South Carolina.” 

She previously threatened to boycott the October debate, alleging that the Democratic National Committee and media were “rigging” the presidential race.