Tulsi Gabbard Rejects Radical ‘Open Border’ Policies: ‘Without Secure Borders, We Don’t Really Have A Country’

Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard agreed that many of her presidential primary opponents are just trying to out-do one another on political issues, specifically on immigration where most of the Democratic platform supports open borders or the decriminalization of illegally crossing the border.

The Washington Examiner reports that during an interview with Dave Rubin on The Rubin Report, Gabbard said the characterization that many of her supported the above measures is “fair.”

She also said she does not support the policies or the ideology behind them.

“So immigration, I think there’s a general sense that the candidates, the Democrats are basically trying to outdo each other for open borders, something like that,” the host said. “A) do you think that’s a fair way to start the question? And B) where do you sit on that?”

“I think it’s fair. I don’t — I don’t support open borders,” Gabbard quickly said per the Washington Examiner. “Without secure borders, we don’t really have a country. And while some of the other Democratic candidates will say, ‘Well, that’s a conservative argument and that’s not really what’s being advocated for.’ If you look at the practical implications of some of the things they’re pushing for, it is essentially open borders.”

Gabbard said there were necessary changes the government ought to be making concerning immigration and the border.

“I think there’s a few things we’ve got to do when we’re talking about immigration reform. One is that we’ve got to have secure borders. This is not Trump’s wall from sea to shining sea, it’s about seeing again what makes sense. I look at things from a practical, objective-oriented standpoint, I’m a soldier, so I look at what’s our objective.”

Despite falling behind in the polls, Gabbard has built a reputation for reaching across the proverbial aisle. The Hawaiian Congresswoman also attracts both Democratic and Republican support for her campaign by resisting Democratic talking points and, instead, offers more realistic policy positions.

While many of Gabbard’s colleagues are pushing for the impeachment of President Trump, she said impeaching Trump would be a mistake as it is not “in the best interest of the country” and would “tear our country apart.”

“I don’t [support impeachment,]” she continued via the Hill. “You know, I think it’s important for us to think about what is in the best interest of the country and the American people, and continuing to pursue impeachment is something that I think will only further to tear our country apart.”

“Make no bones about it: We need to defeat Donald Trump. But I think it’s important for our country’s sake and our future that the voters in this country are the ones who do that, and I believe that we will,” Gabbard added.

Last month, when Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates were calling for Walmart to stop selling firearms, Gabbard sensibly said it should be the retailer’s decision—and not the government’s.