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2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard urged to resign after voting in favor of Trump

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Democratic presidential candidate US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (L) laughs with retired Army Colonel Darryl Hensley during the inaugural Veterans Day L.A. event held outside of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (AFP photo)

US 2020 presidential, House Representative Tulsi Gabbard has been urged to resign from her post in the wake of defying the Democratic Party and voting “Present” in the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

A former Democratic governor of Hawaii called on the presidential hopeful on Monday to immediately resign from her seat in the lower chamber of US Congress.

Neil Abercrombie, who led the state from 2010 to 2014, personally phoned Gabbard for that purpose.

“I’ve left a detailed message for her as to what I was thinking, what I was doing and what I hoped she would do,” Abercrombie told Politico in a phone interview following his announcement. “I’m sure she pays attention to her voicemail.”

Abercrombie is a former longtime House member, who has himself resigned from Congress.

“Trying to do my job in Washington and run for office, another office, in Hawaii was just too difficult. I couldn’t do it,” he recalled. “I had hoped maybe I could do it, and it became obvious that I couldn’t. So I resigned my seat.”

In a historic vote on Wednesday, the lower chamber of US Congress voted to impeach the president over pressuring Ukraine for personal political gain.

“Then she didn’t vote on the budget for next year… I thought, ‘That’s it.’ Regardless of what her intentions were or what her motivations are, she’s not able to do the job for the 2nd District,” Abercrombie said. “The bottom line for me is simple… I believe that the only really honorable thing to do and sensible thing to do and politically forthright thing to do is to resign the seat, let us have a special election and then see whoever wins that seat whether they can do a good enough job to win a primary in August and a general election next November.”

The majority of the lawmakers supported both articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The abuse of power article was passed on a 230-197 vote and the obstruction article was passed by 229-198.

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