Tulsi Gabbard, a former contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, declared on Tuesday that she was leaving the party after calling it an “elitist cabal.”

In a one-minute video shared on her Twitter account, Gabbard criticised the organisation. Gabbard did not declare that she will switch to the Republican Party or any other political party.

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“I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue & stoke anti-white racism,” Gabbard noted.

“I believe in a government that is of, by, and for the people. Unfortunately, today’s Democratic Party does not. Instead, it stands for a government of, by, and for the powerful elite,” she said, adding, “I’m calling on my fellow common sense independent-minded Democrats to join me in leaving the Democratic Party. If you can no longer stomach the direction that so-called woke Democratic Party ideologues are taking our country, I invite you to join me.”

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Gabbard is a politician from the United States, a member of the US Army Reserve, and a political pundit. She represented Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district from 2013 to 2021.

Gabbard was both the first voting Samoan-American and the first Hindu member of Congress. She ran for the Democratic presidential candidacy in the 2020 US presidential election.

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At the age of 21, Gabbard won a seat in the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2002. In Iraq from 2004 to 2005, Gabbard worked in a field medical unit of the Hawaii Army National Guard. From 2008 to 2009, she was stationed in Kuwait as an Army Military Police battalion leader.