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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) appears to have been excluded from the Democrat’s new presidential election advertisement.
In a video sent out by the Democratic Party’s official Twitter account on Monday, followers are urged to donate to the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) Unity Fund.
“With less than a year until November 3, 2020, we must come together now and work towards the common goal of defeating Donald Trump and sending a Democrat to the White House,” the tweet states.
With less than a year until November 3, 2020, we must come together now and work towards the common goal of defeating Donald Trump and sending a Democrat to the White House.— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) December 23, 2019
Join us today: https://t.co/BI3HJf0bk2 pic.twitter.com/HxihCR50LF
The video features commentary from 10 candidates including frontrunners former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as well as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
Gabbard, however, is nowhere to be seen. The apparent discrepancy was quickly noticed by supporters of Gabbard who accused the DNC of purposefully excluding the candidate.
“Democrats have excluded a woman of color and Hindu candidate from this ad,” Twitter user @TULSI20203 wrote.
Democrats have excluded a woman of color and Hindu candidate from this ad.— TULSI ALOHA 2020 (@TULSI20203) December 23, 2019
Ahh the party of inclusion, excluding a woman of color, classic @DNC, totally normal.— Cullen Tiernan 🌺☮️🧢 (@CullenYossarian) December 23, 2019
Your deliberate omission of @TulsiGabbard speaks volumes about your promise of equal opportunity for all candidates as stated in Article 1: sec 4 of the DNC charter. And to all the candidates who participated in this obvious attempt to exclude Tulsi should be ashamed.— james sowles (@eastbosbud) December 23, 2019
Another Twitter user argued that Gabbard should have appeared given that she is polling higher than at least one of the candidates featured in the ad.
“Tulsi Gabbard is in it to win it and is polling better than … candidates in this image,” user @drink_oat_milk added.
Haha dumbass @TheDemocrats @DNC think if they exclude @TulsiGabbard people will “forget” her- We aren’t five year olds, give us a bit more credit.— Ryan May 🌊 🏄♀️ 🌺 🇺🇸 (@drink_oat_milk) December 23, 2019
TULSI GABBARD is in it to win it and is polling better than a 1/4 of the candidates in this image.#Tulsi2020 🌺#Tulsi #DEMOCRATS
Polling numbers released on Monday evening do show Gabbard at around only 2%. But former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who appears in the ad, is polling even lower.
And while Gabbard may have a tense history with the DNC, the representative is not the only candidate missing from the ad.
Candidates who were polling at 1% were not present in the video, including former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, author Marianne Williamson and former Rep. John Delaney.
The Daily Dot reached out to the DNC to ask about the exclusion of Gabbard but did not receive a reply. The Daily Dot also reached out to Gabbard’s presidential campaign to ask whether the candidate was invited to appear in the ad but did not hear back by press time.
Mikael Thalen is a tech and security reporter based in Seattle, covering social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.