Democrat presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard issued a statement in favor of free speech earlier today, calling on Americans to “stand united” against attempts by Facebook and others to “censor,” “stifle,” and “influence” public debate.
Gabbard, a Democratic representative from Hawaii who served in Iraq with the Army National Guard, is known for her opposition to interventionist regime change wars, and has opposed continuing U.S. intervention in Syria.
She added her voice to a growing bipartisan chorus condemning social media platforms for censorship.
Democrats’ opposition to social media censorship emerged rapidly in recent days, after another Democrat candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), was temporarily banned from running adverts on Facebook that promoted her plan to break up and regulate the tech giants. Other congressional Democrats have previously disparaged Republican concerns over tech censorship as a “conspiracy theory.”
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has also been critical of the party’s recent far left shift:
Possible independent 2020 presidential hopeful Howard Schultz cautioned the nation against electing another Democrat with how far the party continues to shift to the left.
The former Starbucks CEO voiced his concern Thursday on with President Donald Trump and opined the country could not handle six more years of him as president but said electing Democrats would result in “socialism in America.”
“[T]he Democrats are shifting so far to the left that … unless there’s some sense brought into the party, we’re going to end up with socialism in America if a Democrat should win,” Schultz told Hugh Hewitt., host of “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”