Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) on Friday, March 6, asked her fellow 2020 presidential candidates to demand the Democratic National Committee (DNC) let her onstage for the next primary debate after newly released qualifications blocked her from participating. 

Gabbard, whose last debate appearance was in November, called on former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to urge the DNC to allow her take part in the event scheduled for March 15.

“I’m sure you would agree that our Democratic nominee should be a person who will stand up for what is right. So I ask that you have the courage to do that now in the face of the DNC’s effort to keep me from participating in the debates,” Gabbard tweeted.

The DNC announced new rules Friday for its next presidential debate, requiring candidates to have picked up at least 20% of the delegates allocated in state primary contests. Under the new rules, Gabbard, who has gathered only two delegates, was excluded from the contention, reported The Hill.

Gabbard railed against the DNC, citing a rule change last month related to the polling qualifications for debates that allowed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was its big donor, to go on the debate twice before he dropped out of the race. 

“To keep me off the stage, the DNC again arbitrarily changed the debate qualifications,” she tweeted. “Previously they changed the qualifications in the OPPOSITE direction so Bloomberg could debate. I ask that you stand w/me against the DNC’s transparent effort to exclude me from the debates.” 

President Donald Trump and his campaign have repeatedly criticized the DNC for conducting a “rigged” process, especially after a slew of Democratic candidates suddenly ended their campaigns to endorse Biden before Super Tuesday.

“We have now learned for sure that the Democrats don’t want anything to do with Crazy Bernie. Rigged? First @amyklobuchar & @PeteButtigieg quit the race & come out for Sleepy Joe BEFORE Super Tuesday. Pocahontas says NO & quits race AFTER ELECTION, thereby depriving Bernie of at least 5 States & the Nomination,” President Trump tweeted late Saturday.

“Did the DNC & Dems tell Elizabeth Warren to wait? If so, they were deadly, the race would have been over, & Bernie would have won. Dirty double dealing? Nobody knows for sure, & history will be the judge. But I say, here we go AGAIN, Bernie!” he added.

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