Meghan McCain calls Tulsi Gabbard an 'Assad apologist' in heated exchange on Syria

Business Insider | 2/20/2019 | John Haltiwanger
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Meghan McCain called Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard an "Assad apologist" during a Wednesday appearance on "The View."

Gabbard has long faced criticism over her stance toward Assad.

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Gabbard said "there's no disputing the fact" that Assad is "brutal dictator" who "has used chemical weapons" against his people, but she would not call him an "enemy" of the US.

Since Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard declared she's running for president in 2020, she's been hammered in interviews over her controversial interactions with and statements on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Gabbard's Wednesday appearance on ABC's "The View" was no exception to the trend as the Hawaii Democrat got into a heated debate with host Meghan McCain.

As Gabbard discussed her foreign policy stance, McCain interrupted to address the lawmaker's stance on Assad.

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"When I hear the name Tulsi Gabbard, I think of Assad apologist. I think of someone who comes back to the United States and is spouting propaganda from Syria," McCain said.

McCain went on to press Gabbard on whether she believes Assad is an "enemy" of the US. In a recent appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Gabbard refused to apply the label to Assad and was widely criticized as a result.

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The Hawaii congresswoman told McCain an enemy of the US can be defined as "someone who threatens our safety and our security," and Gabbard does not feel Assad qualifies in this regard.

Rejecting some of McCain's characterizations of her stance toward Assad, the congresswoman added that "there's no disputing the fact" that Assad — an accused war criminal— is "brutal dictator" who "has used chemical weapons" against his people.

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Gabbard said she was not "disputing" or "defending" any of Assad's actions, but went on to cite concerns she has...
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