Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) responded to criticism from 'The New York Times' and CNN in an interview Wednesday night with FNC's Tucker Carlson. Gabbard said, "When they are issuing these smears and calling me a traitor to my country, they are essentially issuing these smears and attacks to every veteran who has been willing to lay their lives down in service to our country."
TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii joins us. Congresswoman, you just heard... there is a CNN employee saying for taking and unconventional foreign policy position, you are the one Democratic candidate that CNN doesn't like. Does that surprise you?
REP. TULSI GABBARD (D-HI), DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT: It doesn't. You know, I think it's kind of absurd actually that as we saw in the days leading up to the debate last night, both 'The New York Times' and CNN both ran hit pieces. Today, the day after the debate, we see more of these hit pieces coming out.
For them to sit there and try to portray themselves as neutral arbiters, as objective and independent entities working with the DNC to carry out a legitimate debate is frankly just a joke. It's one of the reasons why I've been calling for non-profit organizations like the League of Women Voters to actually host these debates in a way that actually serves the interests of voters, not the profit, the profit bearing corporate interests of the corporate media.
CARLSON: I couldn't agree more. So just for our viewers who maybe haven't followed this, when we say you've been attacked by 'The New York Times' and CNN, it's not like attack like they're saying your health care plan is too expensive. They're saying that you are working for a foreign power against America's interests, that you are a traitor to the country, 'The New York Times' piece essentially said that. What is this about?
GABBARD: This is exactly what happens to those like myself who are trying to end this regime-change war in Syria, who are calling for an end to our country's policy being the world police, bring about an end to these regime-change wars.
This is something that's not just happening to me. You know, when they are issuing these smear attacks, really what they are doing is smearing anyone who is calling for an end to these regime-change wars, including veterans who I meet almost every single day all across this country who are not pacifists but understand and know firsthand the cost of war and who are strongly, strongly calling for our country to put an end to these counterproductive regime change wars. So when they are issuing these smears and calling me a traitor to my country, they are essentially issuing these smears and attacks to every veteran who has been willing to lay their lives down in service to our country.