There has been a great deal of discussion on social media about the merits and demerits of Tulsi Gabbard running for President. Let me make this abundantly clear: she is an Islamophobe.
Over the course of the past 36 months, she has from time to time engaged in a public relations effort to muddle the facts and record about her strenuous discomfort with LGBTQ & Muslim communities.
However, her previous votes in Congress to constrain refugees from Muslim countries, her adamant demand that we use innacurate and harmful language to describe terrorists, and her warm embrace of two mass murderers on the global stage who killed thousands of Muslims because of their faith, as well as reliable reports from Muslim community leaders in Hawai'i about the marked hostility they feel from her and her office all prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Tulsi Gabbard is indeed, a zealous Islamophobe.
At this point in time, any defense of her will be viewed not just by me but literally every credible and established Muslim organization as apologism for an enemy of the Bill of Rights. A decade ago, perhaps such admiration for an advocate for culling Muslim Americans' freedoms would have been tolerated. Today, it will be not. Those who advocate for Tulsi Gabbard will be remembered, and will not be allowed to forget that they supported the Joseph McCarthy & George Wallace of the modern-day political mainstream.
If you want to learn more, please read this press release from The Pluralism Project.