Tulsi Gabbard Dissents from Party, Votes "Present" on Impeachment

Yesterday’s decision to “impeach” President Trump was hyper-partisan, to say the least. Despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s prior claims that impeachment proceedings should only take place with bipartisan and overwhelming support, yesterday’s charade was anything but bipartisan.

Not a single House Republican voted for the president’s impeachment on Wednesday. Nearly all of House Democrats voted in favor of impeachment, with only four making the choice to dissent. One of those four included 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard.

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Tulsi Gabbard by Gage Skidmore, on Flickr

Tulsi Gabbard” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Gage Skidmore

Rather than vote for or against impeachment, Gabbard decided to vote ‘present,’ as confirmed by Breitbart News.

Why Gabbard Voted “Present” on Impeachment Articles

The congresswoman’s “present” vote marks a notable break from the vast majority of her party members who foamed at the mouth over the prospect of “impeaching” Donald Trump. However, Tulsi Gabbard apparently has a different perspective on the matter.

Following her vote, the 2020 Democrat posted a video to social media, explaining why she voted “present.” Gabbard noted that while she does believe the president is guilty of wrongdoing, she also believes the crusade to impeach Trump has been driven by partisan interests. Therefore, the congresswoman explained that she couldn’t “in good conscience” vote for or against impeachment.

See her explanation for yourself:

Moments ago, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of all people, took aim at Gabbard for failing to toe the party line and blindly support impeachment.

Partisan-Driven Impeachment Proceedings

Once again, Democrats have shown that support for impeachment is as far from bipartisan as it gets. Aside from Gabbard’s “present” vote, there are other moderate Democrats who are jumping ship as their party gets crazier and crazier.

White House Summit on Child Care and Pai by The White House, on Flickr

White House Summit on Child Care and Pai” (Public Domain) by The White House

The House’s vote to “impeach” the president yesterday came after years of Democrats’ anti-Trump crusade. Furthermore, there may not even be a Senate trial, seeing as Pelosi has yet to forward the impeachment articles over to the Senate. Apparently, the House Speaker has concerns about whether or not the Senate will conduct a “fair” trial.

Ultimately, these partisan-driven impeachment proceedings have failed. Yesterday was not a win for House Democrats, but merely a guarantee that President Trump will win a second term in office.

What do you think about Tulsi Gabbard’s decision to vote “present” on impeachment yesterday? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below!

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