Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Thursday that she is considering a boycott of next week's scheduled Democratic presidential primary debate that will be hosted by CNN and the New York Times.
"There are so many of you who I have had the opportunity to meet in Iowa and New Hampshire who have expressed to me how frustrated you are that the DNC and the corporate media are essentially trying to usurp your role as voters in choosing who our Democratic nominee will be," Gabbard said in a video released on Twitter Thursday morning. "The 2016 Democratic Primary election was rigged by the DNC and their partners in the corporate media against Bernie Sanders. In this 2020 election, the DNC and the corporate media are rigging the election again, but this time it is against the American people in the early voting states."
"They are attempting to replace the roles of voters in the early states using polling and other arbitrary methods which are not transparent or democratic, and they're holding so-called debates which really are not debates at all but rather commercialized reality television meant to entertain, rather than to inform or enlighten."
"In order to bring attention to this serious threat to our democracy and to ensure that your voice is heard, I'm seriously considering boycotting the next debate on October 15th," Gabbard said. "I'm going to announce my decision within the next few days."