As Tulsi has expressed many times, we are stronger when fighting together. Therefore I will simply point out to all the other Muslims who have found they want to support Tulsi in her campaign.

I will also point out to the keynote speech Tulsi delivered at the Muslims for peace conference.

I personally have not met Representative Gabbard, but I have been following her since 2016, right after Bernie lost to Secretary Clinton in the primary.

I voted for Hillary because I thought Sanders would have a much better chance to drive democratic policy, versus a republican president.

Only you were present at the event, and only you can talk about your perception of the encounter. I won’t dismiss it, because if that is how you felt, there is nothing I can do to change that.

What I can do is to address other concerns that you put in your piece.

She is not aligned with right-wing Hindu Nationalist groups, she is the co-chair of the congressional India Caucus, and as such she has interfaced with many Indian groups.

Her visit to Damascus and Aleppo in Syria, was as part of a fact finding mission in order to prevent other Iraq. She remembers very well when faulty information led to the US government to claim that Saddam Hussein Had weapons of mass destruction (which turned out to be false). The same way she wanted to fully understand who was causing so much civilian suffering in Syria so that she could guide her legislation to stop the violence.

I am all about facts, and you have the right to express your dissatisfaction by the way Tulsi shook your hand.

But when it is about respecting Muslims, rejecting extremism, and fighting for peace, I want to set the record straight.

I believe in the goodness of mankind even when the evidence proves the contrary. Engineer by day, Poet in my dreams, and 100% AMERICAN every waking moment.