While Tulsi was my favorite of any of the presidential candidates (obviously, a very low standard), I have always seen her as a moderate non-interventionist rather than an anti-imperialist. But at least she made foreign policy into her primary issue (as it should be). However, what is interesting is the way her critics from the Left deride her for her impurities while supporting social democrats who treat foreign policy as a side issue or a non-issue, which shows that they are not really anti-imperialist.
By Max Van Dyke, International Policy Digest
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is one of the most controversial figures running for president in the Democratic primary. While she’s loved within certain components on the left, she’s reviled by others. The reasoning for the respective camps is roughly the same. In 2016, Gabbard resigned from her position as a Vice Chairwoman of the DNC to endorse and campaign for Bernie Sanders. For some, that exposed her as being a divisive chaos agent intent on splintering the party. For others, it was bold and an admirable stand that proved her to be a true champion of progressivism.