Hawaii Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard claims her trip to Syria was not aimed at bolstering Bashar al-Assad’s bloody regime, but the videos on her official ‘Tulsi Press’ YouTube channel indicate otherwise.
For those who don’t know, there is no freedom of movement or press under the Assad regime and so whomever Gabbard met with in Syria was vetted and approved by the regime. The regime allowed her to create the above videos for the purpose of telling regime’s story: Assad, the secularist reformer, is defending the country from evil Muslim terrorists. Assad’s long history of collaborating with Al-Qaeda and Islamic State is never mentioned. Assad’s industrial torture-and-execution apparatus that has killed tens of thousands of Syrians is obscured. Assad’s control and manipulation of religious figures and institutions is hidden. Watching these videos you would never know that jihad is in Assad regime textbooks for schoolchildren and that Islamic [sharia] laws and courts are an integral component of the regime’s legal system.
The political blowback on Gabbard for her pro-Assad PR stunt forced her to repay $9,000 to the fascist Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party (SSNP) activists who footed the bill for her trip. (Gabbard has yet to explain why she would take money from the SSNP if she’s so against terrorism given the SSNP’s history of orchestrating suicide bombings i.e. terrorism.)
But who is paying for the pro-Assad, pro-regime propaganda on her YouTube channel?