Tulsi Gabbard's 'present' vote to impeach Donald Trump attracts red eyes on her
Washington : Longtime Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has attracted red eyes from her home state of Hawaii for voting 'present' on two articles of impeachment against the US President Donald Trump.
Kai Kahele, a Democratic state senator who is running to succeed Gabbard in Congress, said the two most consequential votes that a member of Congress will ever cast are on whether to send troops into harm's way and whether to impeach a president. He said her decision to vote “present” was disappointing and unacceptable.
"It’s a political stunt, is what I think it was," Kahele told Associated Press in a phone interview.
He claimed that the decision left their congressional district voiceless yet again. According to the website govtrack.us, Gabbard missed 88.7% of the 141 House votes taken in the past three months.
Earlier, Gabbard had said that she will not contest for the re-election to the house as she wants to focus on her presidential campaign. This decision came after she spent much of the year traveling to Iowa and New Hampshire.
“In Hawaii, our constituents, the public in Hawaii, especially Representative Gabbard’s constituents, have been very vocal in saying that President Trump has violated his oath of office, has violated the rule of law and has violated the U.S. Constitution,” Sandy Ma said.