It looks like Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is already enjoying some support for her upcoming run in the 2020 presidential election.
However, a particular endorsement she has received recently did not seem to please her too much, as it came from David Duke.
Duke’s name is familiar to many for having a history with the KKK, more specifically as a former leader of the notorious racist group.
The endorsement came in the form of a banner on Duke’s Twitter page, which states “Tulsi Gabbard for President.”
The banner also implied that Duke’s praise was driven by Gabbard’s apparent motivation to put the USA’s interest above those of Israel.
It read: "Tulsi Gabbard for President. Finally a candidate who will put America First rather than Israel First!"
He also added: "Tulsi Gabbard is currently the only Presidential candidate who doesn’t want to send White children off to die for Israel."
That topic has been a particularly controversial one in American politics lately, and it is not strange to see a politician using it as a tool in their platform.
It will be interesting to follow this scenario and see if Gabbard and Duke have any other interactions in the near future.
The Hawaii congresswoman also released a statement in regards to the controversial endorsement. It said: "I have strongly denounced David Duke’s hateful views and his so-called ‘support’ multiple times in the past, and reject his support. Publicizing Duke’s so-called ‘endorsement’ is meant to distract from my message: that I will end regime-change wars, work to end the new cold war and take us away from the precipice of a nuclear war, which is a greater danger now than ever before."
Some are speculating that Gabbard only claims to be against the idea of receiving support from sides like these due to the impact on her public image.
According to those critics, she should be happy about any kind of support at the moment, and she most likely is behind the scenes, as this is way to generate headlines.
As controversial as that may sound, it does not seem like a completely outrageous statement, according to those same critics.
Plus, it would not be the first time that observers have seen US politicians surrounded by people being dishonest about their intentions or pushing fringe ideas.
Hopefully, that will not turn out to be the case with Gabbard though, say her supporters.