Tulsi Gabbard, the Hawaii Congresswoman, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination landed in hot water Wednesday when she ran an ad condemning regime change as a U.S. policy, while showing footage of Bashar al-Assad bombing Syrian cities.
In the ad Gabbard says, “Every single day I was confronted with the cost of these regime change wars. These regime change wars have been carried out under the guise of humanitarian cause in countries like Syria."
Gabbard was referencing her two deployments in Iraq and has vowed to focus her campaign around U.S. defense policy.
The Daily Beast first reported that the footage is of the Assad regime dropping barrel bombs on the Syrian city of Daraya in February 2016.
Gabbard was criticized in February for an appearance she made on a Sunday morning talk show in which she refused to denounce Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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"Assad is not the enemy of the United States because Syria does not pose a direct threat to the United States," she said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
Co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski then pushed Gabbard to clarify whether she thinks Assad is an “adversary” of the United States.
“We have to look to who poses a threat to the United States,” said Gabbard in one exchange with Scarborough, who argued there is more at stake when assessing U.S. adversaries.