Gabbard: Leaders Moving In A Direction That “Flies In The Face Of The Constitution”

Former Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard reacts tactics being suggested to crackdown on domestic terrorism.

TULSI GABBARD: Whatever that is is exactly the glaring problem with this, Mark. As this new campaign and focus against white supremacists, racists, domestic extremists is launched, none of these terms are clearly defined — if you look at the term white supremacist — many agree that has been clearly established, it’s the philosophy of the KKK and Nazis– people who believe the white race is superior, and therefore must have power and control over all other races. But we live in a world now where we have people in power who say, if you are white, you are a white supremacist whether you know it or not. If you’re white, you are a racist. If you follow that approach, that means that any white person in America could be the target of surveillance. If you look at — what is domestic extremism? Is it being extremely patriotic being a domestic extremist? If you look at our service members and veterans who have been targeted and pointed out by those in our government as being vulnerable to being domestic extremists, I’ve served with incredible great patriots. As a veteran and soldier myself, people who are willing to lay their lives down and die for this great country that we love — is this who they are talking about when they are saying that we need to look out for a domestic extremist? It’s absolutely outrageous, and it’s offensive, it’s offensive to those I’ve served with, including those who have paid the ultimate price and given their lives in service to our country. This is a danger of the direction where we seem to be head at, and to the fact that these terms, these broad targets they are pointing out really are not being clearly defined at all all.