WATCH: Gabbard says ‘breakdown culture’ attacks freedom in Thanksgiving message

fFormer Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard shared on Thursday what she is not grateful for, slamming the media and government leaders for “directly” threatening freedom of speech enshrined in the constitution.

“Unfortunately, many of our leaders have forgotten this vision our founders had for us,” Gabbard said in a special holiday issue of The Tulsi Gabbard Show.

“We now live in a time when these freedoms are being directly threatened by those in power, both those in government, those in Big Tech and on social media,” she added.


The Founding Fathers put language in the Constitution to protect freedom of speech, religion and expression to ensure the United States is a “robust marketplace” for ideas, whether in person or online, she said.

Instead, civil discourse and debate in politics has become “rare” today, and society and culture make it difficult to disagree “without being uncomfortable,” she said.

“For me as a soldier and veteran, like my brothers and sisters who are in uniform or who have served, I really take to heart the old adage, ‘I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend yours to the death Right to say so,'” Gabbard said in the video, which she shared on her Twitter.

“Today’s culture of abandonment means that those in power in permanent Washington are increasingly intolerant of views that don’t perfectly align with their own,” she added.

The former congresswoman has served in the Hawaii Army National Guard since 2003, including two deployments to the Middle East.

“It is unfortunate how far we have come as a society and as a country from this vision that our founders had for us,” she said.

Gabbard said both sides of the aisle must learn to treat one another with respect, not just as fellow Americans but as “children of God.”

“We can have strong arguments and stand up courageously for the things that are important to us. [But] let’s do that with ‘aloha’. Do this with respect, compassion and love,” she added.

Gabbard also shared what she was thankful for, including service members, her friends and family, God for his “unconditional love,” and most importantly, life.

“We live. That in and of itself is really a blessing,” she said.


Gabbard announced in October that she was leaving the Democratic Party and denounced MPs from the Left for promoting policies that “[racialize] every issue & fuel anti-white racism.”

She has also called on other party members to leave the party and accused the left of only protecting the “powerful elite”.

After her announcement, Gabbard failed in key 2022 midterm elections for several high-profile Republicans, including Arizona’s Kari Lake and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.

It is still unclear which party she wants to join next or whether she wants to remain independent.