Gabbard slams 'the DNC and their corporate media partners' for shutting her out of next debate

Gabbard slams 'the DNC and their corporate media partners' for shutting her out of next debate
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Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardFinancial firms facing serious hacking threat in COVID-19 era Gabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D-Hawaii) slammed the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and "their corporate media partners" on Tuesday for not allowing her to participate in next week's debate that is slated to feature former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump renews culture war, putting GOP on edge Atlanta mayor says she has tested positive for COVID-19 Trump downplaying sparks new criticism of COVID-19 response MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMilitary madness in the age of COVID-19 Will Twitter make @RealDonaldTrump a one-term president? Judd Gregg: The coming Biden coup MORE (I-Vt.).

The pushback from Gabbard comes after the DNC announced new qualifying standards on Friday for the March 15 Arizona debate that will be broadcasted on CNN and Univision.

The new standards leave the Hawaii congresswoman off the stage.


"You hear a lot of talk. We just celebrated International Women's Day and the progress that women are making around the world," Gabbard told anchor Shannon BreamShannon BreamFox Business host Lou Dobbs in self-quarantine after staffer tests positive for coronavirus Fox Business to temporarily cease production of two daytime programs amid coronavirus precautions Fox News pulling overnight repeats, to air live 24-hour coverage of coronavirus pandemic MORE on "Fox News at Night." 

"But when it comes to actually making sure that — in this presidential primary — that the only woman candidate left in the race, the only woman of color, and the first female combat veteran ever to run for the presidency has a voice, the DNC and their corporate media partners say, 'No thanks. Actually, that's not what we want the American people hear,'" she added. 

Gabbard, 38, also argued that the DNC's decision to change qualifying rules is a "greater disservice" to voters who will "not have the opportunity to make that best-informed decision about who our next commander in chief should be."

"We're not seeing these other candidates bringing to the forefront the issues that I am about the need to bring, this sea change in our foreign policy, to stop waging these wasteful regime change wars toppling dictators in other countries, the new Cold War nuclear arms race, all of which are not making us any safer," Gabbard said.

"And instead, redirect our taxpayer dollars towards really serving the very urgent pressing needs that the American people here at home all across the country are very concerned about. Things like the coronavirus, for example," she added.

Gabbard earned two delegates as a result of her second-place finish in the U.S. territory American Samoa, which, under previous DNC rules, qualified her for the March 15 debate. 

"State of the Union" host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCarson calls for local leaders to 'condemn vandalization of statues,' 'dismantle autonomous zones' Officials couldn't reach Trump on golf course to delete retweet of video showing man chanting 'white power': report Democratic officials, governors push for nationwide mask mandate as administration defends state-by-state approach MORE and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos will serve as moderators for the debate in Phoenix.