Gabbard: 'Kamala Harris is Not Qualified to Serve as Commander in Chief'

'She's got no background or experience in foreign policy' (updated)

July 23, 2019

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D., Hawaii) argued Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) is not qualified to serve as commander in chief during an appearance on Outkick the Coverage with Clay Travis on Tuesday.

"I think one of the things I'm most concerned with is Kamala Harris is not qualified to serve as commander in chief, and I can say this from a personal perspective as a soldier. She's got no background or experience in foreign policy and she lacks the temperament that is necessary for a commander in chief," Gabbard said.

"I've seen the cost of war firsthand. I've experienced the consequences of what happens when we have presidents, as we have from both political parties in the White House, who lack experience, who lack that foreign policy understanding, who therefore fall under the influence of the foreign policy establishment, the military-industrial complex," Gabbard continued. "This is what's so dangerous. This is what we've seen occurring over time."

Gabbard frequently criticizes America's foreign policy.

In a May fundraising email, Gabbard blasted a Daily Beast article for stirring "up hysteria that makes it easier to push our country into war." A February email warned that "our freedoms and democracy are being threatened by media giants ruled by corporate interests who are in the pocket of the establishment war machine."

Left-wing publications such as the Nation and Jacobin have criticized Gabbard. The Daily Kos hit Gabbard for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and developing ties with Hindu nationalists in a piece which endorsed her Democratic primary opponent in her congressional race.

Harris's communications director Lily Adams responded on Twitter to the Free Beacon's story by saying she would take a "hard pass on taking taking national security advice from Assad's cheerleader."

Harris recently became embroiled in a spat with fans of pop and country music sensation Taylor Swift after hosting a fundraiser at the home of Swift's nemesis, music manager Scooter Braun.

Earlier this month, the Free Beacon reported that Harris is descended from an Irishman who owned a slave plantation in Jamaica.

Updated: This piece has been updated with Adams's tweet.