Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for President last night in a powerful and unifying speech that is being widely praised by Democrats and Republicans alike.
Also among last night’s speakers were Mayors Pete Buttigieg and Keisha Lance Bottoms, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and Sen. Cory Booker, just to name a few.
Noticeably absent from the group, however, was Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who ran against both Biden and Kamala Harris in the Democratic primary.
In response to a tweet highlighting her absenteeism at the convention, despite winning two delegates during the Democratic primary, Gabbard griped, “You’re correct – I was not invited to participate in any way.”
You're correct – I was not invited to participate in any way. https://t.co/zQBOQB8Zw7
— Tulsi Gabbard ? (@TulsiGabbard) August 20, 2020
Considering the fact that Gabbard, as Harris put it during the debates, “spent four years full-time on Fox News criticizing president Obama” during his administration, the fact that she ran her presidential campaign on a Trump-leaning platform, and, oh yeah, used to be a staunch antigay activist who, just three years ago, was rubbing elbows with Syrian President Bashar Assad, it’s really not all that surprising she wasn’t invited to speak.
It is, however, a break in tradition. Every other Democratic candidate who earned delegates in the primary was given a speaking slot, as is typical at any convention. This, of course, was not your typical convention. Coronavirus made sure of that.
Here’s how others on Twitter are responding to Gabbard’s DNC snub…
Your campaign would be the reason.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) August 21, 2020
Republicans are upset that Tulsi Gabbard wasn’t invited to speak at the DNC in case you were wondering why Tulsi Gabbard wasn’t invited to speak at the DNC.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) August 21, 2020
RNC is next week, sis
— Erik Larson (he/him) (@eriklarsonsays) August 21, 2020
— Joie (@JoieBooks) August 21, 2020
That’s the way the Russian crumbles
— RoXMvPRoY2007 (@RoXMvPRoY2007) August 20, 2020
Tulsi Gabbard is a gigantic homophobic sack of shit.
Happy Friday y’all.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) August 21, 2020
See, that’s the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Democrats don’t invite Russian assets to our conventions, even if they have a D after their name.
— StaceyC.inKS (@StaceyCKs1) August 21, 2020
She’ll probably be speaking at the RNC next week. She’s more suited to that party anyway.
— ErinGoBragh🍀 (@ETphoneHome107) August 21, 2020
Duh, it’s Democrats convention not MAGA convention.
— Denise Wu (@denisewu) August 21, 2020
“I was not invited to participate in any way at the DNC.”
-Tulsi Gabbard~ Russian Asset pic.twitter.com/AWVkdQXZV0
— Stone (@stonecold2050) August 21, 2020
There is no place for genocide denialists in our party. Goodbye.
— Centrism Fan Acct 🔹 (@Wilson__Valdez) August 21, 2020