Fact Check: Tulsi Gabbard Is Of Indian-Origin? Not Really!
US Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard on September 20, released a video where she is seeing extending a warm welcome to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to the US and also apologised for not being able to join the famous “Howdy Modi” event on September 22.
Soon after she dropped the video of her apologizing for not being able to join the event, Indian media carried the news with a false lead calling her – “the first Indian-origin woman candidate for US Presidential Election”. Some organisation even carried the above mentioned as their headlines.
The Logical Indian did a fact check and found out that Tulsi Gabbard is not of Indian-origin. In fact, due to confusion in the past, she herself clarified on Twitter in 2012.
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) October 17, 2012
Later in the day, multiple news organisation including ANI (Asian News Organisation) rectified their headlines and leads.
Moreover, The Indian Express reported that Gabbard was born into a family of American Samoan ancestry, which is native to the US State of Hawaii. “Her father was a Catholic and her mother a convert to Hinduism. Gabbard herself became a Hindu when she was a teenager.”