Tulsi Gabbard's post-presidential track record has been problematic shows no signs of improving.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who made history as Chicago's first openly LGBTQ+ woman of color to hold the office of mayor, announced last week she would only grant interviews about her two-year anniversary as mayor to journalists of color.
Gabbard took umbrage with this decision.
Gabbard called for President Biden and Vice President Harris to demand Lightfoot's resignation from the office of Chicago mayor, citing "anti-White racism"—a concept most sociology experts agree is a logical fallacy.
Lightfoot's decision to allow only journalists of color for the interviews was because of the over-abundance of White journalists she encountered upon her election.
"[I was] struck since my first day on the campaign trail in 2018 by the overwhelming Whiteness and maleness of Chicago media outlets, editorial boards, the political press corps, and yes, the City Hall press corps specifically."
Gabbard, who is no longer a representative of the state of Hawaii, hit Fox News less than 24 hours after she left the House of Representatives to bad-mouth the use of gender-neutral language.
"It's [the use of gender neutral language] the height of hypocrisy for people who claim to be the champions of rights for women to deny the very biological existence of women," she said, in a statement eerily echoing author JK Rowling, whose own transphobia became well-known in the summer of 2020.
Gabbard's presidential campaign did not go very far, but as a voice in the political world, her right-wing statements have the potential to drum up support for regressive rhetoric.
Gabbard's status as a public figure may never grant her policy-making power again, but her voice is too destructive to be ignored.