While mainstream media pundits are busy praising Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s performance in the first Democrat presidential debate, voters are showing far more interest in a vastly different candidate.
Various polls and Google’s own data shows that most viewers considered Rep. Tulsi Gabbard the winner of the first debate, and her strong performance has the potential to upset a race that the DNC clearly wants to rig in favor of a preferred candidate.
Many journalists have noted the fact that Rep. Gabbard’s strong anti-war position is one of the main reasons that the DNC doesn’t like her as much as some of the other candidates. However, another reason why DNC leaders are loath to back Rep. Gabbard is the fact that the congresswoman was one of the earliest backers of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential run in 2016. In fact, she even resigned her position as vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee to not only campaign for Sen. Sanders, but also protest the fact that the DNC was rigging the primaries in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Gabbard also backed then-Rep. Keith Ellison for the position of DNC chair in an election that was later won by his rival, current DNC chair Tom Perez. Needless to say, it’s not hard to see why many senior DNC members aren’t thrilled about the fact that Rep. Gabbard is running for president. In fact, when one takes into account that many Democrats still blame Sen. Sanders for Hillary Clinton’s loss to President Donald Trump, it’s not hard to see why DNC operatives and their media acolytes are ignoring Rep. Gabbard as much as possible even though she holds many of the same far-left viewpoints embraced by “favorite” candidates such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Kamala Harris.
Nonetheless, the general public seems to have been extremely interested in what Rep. Tulsi Gabbard had to say on the night of the first Democratic debate. While she was not given as much speaking time as DNC favorites Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s remarks were actually articulate — albeit often misguided. Searches for her name spiked as people showed more interest in her than in any other Democrat on the stage. This is particularly notable considering the fact that Sen. Warren was the most searched-for candidate before the first debate.
The Drudge Report’s instant poll showed that 45% of viewers of the first Democrat presidential debate felt that Rep. Gabbard had won the debate, while only 11% of viewers felt that Sen. Elizabeth Warren was the debate winner. A number of news media outlets were quick to point out that the Drudge Report’s polling system is considered to be “unscientific” by mainstream media outlets. However, that poll wasn’t the only one that showed Rep. Gabbard coming out on top. Rep. Gabbard also topped polls by local news sites such as NJ.com and the Washington Examiner.
The last time the Democratic Party tried to rig the presidential election in favor of its preferred candidate, the party not only lost the election, but also failed to gain control of the House of Representatives and the Senate. One would think that the DNC would have learned its lesson, but it seems that Democratic leaders are intent on repeating their mistakes once again.