HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, backed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders for president at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, on a day that Hillary Clinton officially clinched the presidential nomination.
"On behalf of millions inspired by aloha, determined to seek a future rooted in love compassion and justice for aloha ... I am truly honored to nominate Bernie Sanders for president of the United States," Gabbard told convention delegates, in a nominating speech for Sanders.
"This, my friends, is a movement of love. Love that calls upon us to care. To care for families by torn apart by our criminal justice system," she said.
She added, later in her speech, "To care about lives lost, lives ruined, countries destroyed by counterproductive regime change wars," in an apparent dig to U.S. intervention in Libya.
Gabbard's address comes as the Democratic Party seeks unity after a contentious primary.
Gabbard has publicly criticized the Democratic National Committee over its treatment of Sanders. Earlier this year, she stepped down as a DNC vice chairwoman in order to publicly support him.
Her charges over the DNC's lack of impartiality appear to have been founded. On Sunday, Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned as the DNC's chairwoman over leaked emails that appear to show the DNC supported Clinton as the nominee.
"It turns out she took a principled stand and she was right," said University of Hawaii political science Professor Colin Moore.
Meanwhile, Clinton supporters say the convention has been inclusive, and that Gabbard's speech demonstrates that.
"This convention has been about fair treatment, of giving the Sanders supporters an opportunity. They made significant impact," Gov. David Ige said.