U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard kicked off her 2020 Presidential campaign outside the Hilton Hawaiian Village Saturday afternoon.
Congressional filings from previous year disckose that Gabbard bought Ethereum (ETH) and Litecoin (LTC) during December 2017, when the market saw that massive bull run, with investments of between $1,001-15,000.
Gabbard - a Democrat who resigned as Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in order to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for the party's presidential nomination back in 2016 - had first confirmed her own intent to join the 2020 race for president in an interview with CNN in early January.
In a tweet, Gabbard said NBC "used journalistic fraud to discredit our campaign". If the simple understanding is that the Russian government, which worked to elect Trump in 2016, would like him to win in 2020, Russia will likely seize on any candidate that can help put a wrench in the primary process. Her fact-finding meeting with Assad may have provided the information she needed to present her constituents with a more complete assessment of the situation.
Apart from one statement criticizing Israeli conduct during clashes with Palestinians on its border with the Gaza Strip in May 2018, Gabbard's public stances on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and United States foreign policy in the Middle East have been viewed positively by pro-Israel groups.
Gabbard, who met with Assad during a 2017 "fact-finding" mission in Syria told MSNBC's Morning Joe Wednesday he is not an enemy of the us, despite the ruthless leader having used chemical weapons against opposition forces inside his own country. "There is no battle we can not win", said Gabbard, who is not of Indian descent but comes from a Hindu family in Hawaii. The sudden reveal reportedly came as a shock to the congresswoman's team, sending it rushing to firm up her campaign's infrastructure including its website and publicity.
"Assad is not the enemy of the United States because Syria does not pose a direct threat to the United States", Gabbard responded. She encouraged Trump and congressional Republicans to pull USA military forces out of Syria.
In 2015, she parted with many Democrats by criticizing then-President Barack Obama for refusing to use the term "Islamic extremism" to describe members of Islamic State and other militant groups. She also grew up in a socially conservative household and, as a very young woman, she participated in her activist father's campaigns against the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships as marriage.