"The Young Turks" host Cenk Uygur sat down last weekend with Rep. Tulsi Gabard for an in-depth interview about some of the tough issues facing her campaign for the Democratic nomination in 2020, including foreign policy, health care, climate change, gun control, and immigration.
Uygur begins by asking about her views on foreign policy, terrorism, and use of the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism," issues that set her apart from many in the Democratic field and have drawn her praise from many on the right, including Steve Bannon:
CENK UYGUR: Some good progressives have an issue with the framing of 'radical Islamic extremism.' That is a term that the right wing uses, and they are not comfortable with putting 'Islamic' in there, becuase they are worried that it leads to other consequences. So for example, they think it might lead to discrimination, and Donald Trump did say that he wants a complete and total ban on Muslims overall. And then he asked for extreme vetting of Syrian refugees, which you actually voted for. Can you see the concern about both the framing of that and the vote on extreme vetting?
REP. TULSI GABBARD: What I don't understand is how people who call themselves progressives could somehow stand behind or defend this ideology that Saudi Arabia is spreading, and that terrorist groups like al Qaeda and ISIS adhere to. This is the most oppressive, harmful, devastating ideology that must be defeated.
This is specifically why I make this distinction between the specific Wahabist/Salafist ideology as distinct from the vast majority of Muslims around the world who do not adhere to and condemn this exclusivist ideology. It is exactly for this reason, in order to defeat it, we have to understand what it is.