Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) gave a floor speech before the House of Representatives Thursday, just one day before announcing that she intended to run for President. Her speech, “Saudi Arabia’s Genocidal War in Yemen,” addressed the Saudi regime’s ordering of the assassination of a journalist named Jamal Khashoggi.
“This atrocity brought the world’s attention to Saudi Arabia, a radical Wahhabi theocracy where the oppression of women and the persecution of Christians, Hindus, atheists, and other religious minorities, as well as the LGBT community, is a norm,” Gabbard said.
The United States has supported Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen since 2015. In that time, tens of thousands of civilians have been killed. A secondary consequence, according to Rep. Gabbard, is that millions of Yemeni people have also become ill and struggle with starvation. She called it the current “worst humanitarian crisis in the world” and spoke against Congress for its refusal to end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia.