Former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard reportedly spoke on Thursday at a weaponization subcommittee hearing, in the process hitting back against a statement from Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney of accusing her of “treason.”
The charges of Gabbard’s “treasonous” actions arise from a tweet the former representative made, in which she expressed fear that rumored biolabs in Ukraine, if infiltrated, may result in the spread of “deadly diseases” throughout the world.
Romney tweeted in response to Gabbard’s video, stating, “Tulsi Gabbard is parroting false Russian propaganda. Her treasonous lies may well cost lives.”
Gabbard, a member of the Hawaii National Guard, hit back during the subcommittee hearing.
“Senator Mitt Romney accused me of treason, a crime that is punishable by death under our laws. I challenged him to back this serious allegation up with evidence. What was this based on? There was no response, no explanation, no evidence and certainly no apology.” Gabbard said.
“That may be easy for some of you to say, but for somebody who wears the uniform, this is serious. It’s serious not only to me but to my fellow service members and veterans. Every one of us making a decision that at some point in our lives to raise our right hand prepared and volunteering to lay our life down for this country.” she continued.