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 blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' A vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 Growing number of House Republicans warm to proxy voting 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 BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate 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 SandersWhat the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform Business groups prepare for lobbying push against minimum wage Schumer: Senate could pave way for reconciliation on COVID relief next week MORE (I-Vt.) garnered 763 and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis Financial firms brace for Biden's consumer agency chief Tim Ryan says he's 'looking seriously' at running for Portman's Senate seat 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 ClintonEverytown urges Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to resign over newly uncovered remarks Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed support on Facebook for violence against Democrats McConnell last spoke to Trump on Dec. 15 MORE.

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

Gabbard also sparred with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized What the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform Vice President Harris receives second dose of COVID-19 vaccine 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.