DNC changes rules to prevent Rep. Tulsi Gabbard from debating on March 15. #LetTulsiDebate

DNC changes rules to prevent Rep. Tulsi Gabbard from debating on March 15. #LetTulsiDebate

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In the middle of February 2020 the Democratic National Committee (DNC) made last minute revisions to its criteria Democratic Presidential Candidates must meet in order to participate in televised Democratic Primary Debates. The new rules doubled the polling threshold and eliminated the individual donor requirement which gave the appearance that the rules were broken and rewritten to specifically 1) Allow Presidential Candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg qualify for debates, while also continuing to have the effect of 2) preventing Presidential Candidate and current Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard from qualifying for debates.

While calls by most of the 2020 frontrunners including Cory Booker and Julián Castro for the DNC to make it easier for candidates to qualify to participate in the primary debates were ignored by the DNC in mid December 2019, the DNC seemed to have no problem making major changes to its debate rules in order to allow a Democratic AND Republican Party mega-donor with no grass-roots support to qualify: Namely, Mike Bloomberg, the only 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate to personally give money directly to the DNC to the tune of $319,500 and approximately $500,000 to the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund, a DNC linked PAC in November 2019. These generous donations gave the appearance that Bloomberg was buying access and favor from the DNC.

After the 2020 Super Tuesday primary races on March 3 Representative Tulsi Gabbard qualified for the next televised Democratic Primary Debate on March 15 in Arizona when she met the criteria requiring candidates to secure one delegate. She won two delegates in American Samoa. Immediately after the news came out that she qualified for the next debate, the DNC once again changed the rules on March 6 requiring candidates to have at least 20% of the total number of pledged delegates, a requirement only Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have met.

If the Democratic National Committee can choose to arbitrarily break and manipulate its own established rules in the middle of the primary process in order to block or favor certain candidates that fit its own self interest, then it can absolutely allow Rep. Gabbard to be in the next debate because she ACTUALLY MET their last requirement with the two delegates she won on Super Tuesday! By not letting a US Army Veteran, member of the U.S. House Of Representatives and the last woman of color in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary on to the debate stage, we have to question the transparency and fairness of what is beginning to look more and more like a selection process influenced by money and DNC party insiders and elites, and less like a democratic election determined by the votes of the American people.

At the end of February 2020, Live on MSNBC former South Carolina Democratic Congressman Anton Gunn said "The Democratic Party has a party and decides its nominee. The public doesn't really decide the nominee. The public gets to vote for President of the United States, but people who are active in The Party, who participate in The Party, THEY decide the nominee."

Please consider this petition and put pressure on the DNC leadership to be fair, more inclusive, and honor its own rules and allow Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to take the stage in the next Presidential Primary Debate in Arizona on March 15, 2020. Thank You. #LetTulsiDebate

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