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(LifeSiteNews) — Former U.S. Representative for Hawaii and 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard announced Tuesday she is leaving the Democrat Party with a blistering attack on her former home, which has elicited excitement among her fans, skepticism among her detractors, and speculation as to her future political ambitions.

“I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers who are driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue and stoking anti-white racism, who actively work to undermine our God-given freedoms enshrined in our Constitution, are hostile to people of faith and spirituality, who demonize the police but protect criminals at the expense of law-abiding Americans, who believe in open borders, weaponize the national security state to go after political opponents, and above all, are dragging us ever closer to nuclear war,” Gabbard declared in a social media post launching her new web show:

A vocal critic of her party, Gabbard has earned the affection of some conservatives for her independence from Democrat orthodoxy, including on issues such as third-trimester abortions, women’s sports, social media censorship, and transitioning minors

She is not a centrist, however; she voted in lockstep with the abortion and LGBT lobbies for most of her House tenure, advocated codifying abortion “rights” in federal law prior to the third trimester, favors decriminalizing prostitution, and endorsed socialist Bernie Sanders, arguably the furthest-left option on all the domestic policy issues her statement mentions, for president in 2016.

As indicted by her Tuesday statement’s references to “warmongers” and the ‘national security state,” a key part of Gabbard’s right-of-center appeal stems from her common ground with isolationist and anti-interventionist sentiments that have long dominated the libertarian movement and for years have grown in popularity among more populist factions of conservatism.

Many embraced Gabbard’s declaration unconditionally:

Others counseled wariness, however:

Gabbard’s name has been floated as a potential future presidential candidate or running mate for former President Donald Trump, with some speculating that leaving the Democrat Party would be a necessary precursor to such a move.

Whatever the case, Fox News primetime host Tucker Carlson revealed he will be interviewing Gabbard Tuesday evening.