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Just because you’re stuck onstage with nine other Democratic presidential hopefuls doesn’t mean you can’t pick up some sweet engagement on social, right?
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) put her sister Vrindavan, a U.S. Marshal, in charge of her official Twitter account during tonight’s debate.
Vrindavan’s evening at the helm of Gabbard Twitter began on safe footing, with a tweet of big sis getting a big moment during the debate.
Our leaders have failed us, taking us into one regime change war after the next, leading us into a new Cold War & arms race, costing us trillions of our hard earned tax payer dollars & countless lives. This insanity must end. #TULSI2020 #DemDebate https://t.co/PIdii6kLxh pic.twitter.com/Gt4gRjFbZP— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) June 27, 2019
The next tweet was more of the same.
Later on, however, Vrindavan dropped the dynamite by taking a shot at the debate hosts for what she saw as their preferential treatment of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
It's clear who MSNBC wants to be president: Elizabeth Warren. They're giving her more time than all the other candidates combined. They aren't giving any time to Tulsi at all. -V (Tulsi's sister)— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) June 27, 2019
Some were confused to see a tweet from a candidate who was literally in the middle of the debate that very minute. A few pointed out that Gabbard has a history of opposing equal rights for LGBTQ people. She addressed this again during tonight’s debate, saying most people could relate to being raised in a socially conservative household.
But most were either remarkably underwhelmed or amused.https://twitter.com/GSarafan/status/1144062386766340106
Maybe she should have answered her question instead of performing an opening monologue.— Bobby (@B0bbyLC) June 27, 2019
Once bitten, Vrindavan was twice shy choosing her, or, well, her sister’s words.
In later tweets, she quoted her sister on LGBTQ equality and stuck to a safe subject for anyone running for the Democratic nomination: criticizing Donald Trump, writing on Tulsi’s behalf: “This president & his #ChickenhawkCabinet have led us to the brink of war w/ Iran. I served in the Iraq War that took over 4k of my brothers and sisters lives. War w/ Iran would be far more devastating and costly than the Iraq War.”
This president & his #ChickenhawkCabinet have led us to the brink of war w/ Iran. I served in the Iraq War that took over 4k of my brothers and sisters lives. War w/ Iran would be far more devastating and costly than the Iraq War. #TULSI2020 #DemDebate https://t.co/kZfWxljKgu pic.twitter.com/wVUDgoEqG7— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) June 27, 2019
Probs safe to say that Big T isn’t gonna give Little V admin privileges anytime again soon.
Even though she should.
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Claire Goforth is a Jacksonville, Florida-based journalist covering politics, culture, justice, and unicorns. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from regional alt-weeklies to Al Jazeera.