November 21, 2016

In 2014, Foster Friess launched an initiative he called "Left Right Left Right Forward March," which was of an aim to find those few soft spots in Democrats' sides and exploit them.

No one thought more of Foster Friess than Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who just spent some time in Trump's gilded tower with a goal toward helping to legitimize him.

The ad at the top is a benevolent Foster Friess, smiling at us all while bragging about Mary Landrieu and Laura Ingraham partnering over foster kids.

Or Sheila Jackson-Lee and Ted Cruz making nice with each other over "school choice," better known as the effort to make a profit on K-12 education.

But Rep. Tulsi Gabbard went all in, and her specific issues to work with Friess went far beyond clean water in Malawi (If only he cared as much about clean water in Flint!), or privatizing public education.

Gabbard's initiatives were with Freiss himself. It's unclear from the links whether she simply endorsed these different claims, or it went farther, but here's a screen grab from what is otherwise a pretty empty website:


Did she endorse those projects? Did she endorse Putin's claim that "the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) originally set up the internet and was continuing to develop it"?

What about the Dennis Prager interview on "cultural conservative values"? Is that something she endorsed, was quoted in, or otherwise shared?

When Tulsi Gabbard endorsed Bernie Sanders I warned at the time it wasn't good for Sanders. Gabbard has a long-standing tic when it comes to Islamophobia which is directly aligned with Trump. She repeatedly made appearances on cable news networks to excoriate President Obama for not uttering the magic incantation "radical Islam."

After Gabbard's meeting in the gilded tower, she issued a statement which indicates she is perfectly willing to normalize and collaborate with Trump.

“President-elect Trump asked me to meet with him about our current policies regarding Syria, our fight against terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, as well as other foreign policy challenges we face,” Gabbard said in a media release. “I felt it important to take the opportunity to meet with the President-elect now before the drumbeats of war that neocons have been beating drag us into an escalation of the war to overthrow the Syrian government—a war which has already cost hundreds of thousands of lives and forced millions of refugees to flee their homes in search of safety for themselves and their families.”

“While the rules of political expediency would say I should have refused to meet with President-elect Trump, I never have and never will play politics with American and Syrian lives,” Gabbard added.

“Serving the people of Hawaiʻi and our nation is an honor and responsibility that I do not take lightly,” Gabbard said in her statement. “Representing the aloha spirit and diversity of the people of Hawaiʻi, I will continue to seek common ground to deliver results that best serve all Americans, as I have tried to do during my time in Congress.”

Oh. How noble. Did she run it by Foster Friess first?

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