There was one Democrat on the stage at Wednesday night’s debate that got the Trump campaign’s apparent seal of approval: Tulsi Gabbard.
A Twitter feed affiliated with the president’s reelection effort pushed out a clip of the Hawaii lawmaker as she criticized the party whose primary she’s currently trying to win.
Gabbard’s profile has risen in recent weeks after she smacked down Hillary Clinton for suggesting she’s a GOP favorite for a third-party spoiler run next year. Her bare-bones campaign has relied in large part on adoration from right-wing media, including a Fox News primetime lineup and various Trump-friendly sites. The Kremlin-backed outlets RT and Sputnik have similarly boosted Gabbard with positive coverage.
In doing so, Gabbard has drawn mounting criticism from the establishment Democrats whom she and Trump mutually oppose. Wednesday night’s nod from the president’s campaign just rubbed salt in those wounds.
But Gabbard wasn’t the only Democrat the Trump War Room singled out for praise as it lobbed attack lines at the candidates on stage in Atlanta.
Remember Tim Ryan, the Rust-Belt Democrat who ran on his folksy, working-class appeal? Maybe a little soft piano music will jog your memory:
Cover: Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) (L) speaks as Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) listens during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Tyler Perry Studios November 20, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)