In response to her exclusion from media chyrons, supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard have taken to social media to push #TulsiMediaBlackout, echoing the supporters of fellow outsider candidates Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang, who regularly drive #BernieBlackout and #YangMediaBlackout, respectively.
The recent hashtag push for Gabbard appears to be at least partly the work of Sathvik Enturi, the social media director of Students for Tulsi -- a grassroots organization of students working to elect the Hawaii Representative. Enturi noted on Twitter that Gabbard was excluded from an MSNBC chyron showing the candidates who have qualified for the December debate -- Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar -- as well as those that have met one requirement, Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang.
As Enturi noted, Gabbard has also met one debate requirement -- the required donors -- and needs four percent or higher in just one more DNC-approved poll to take the December debate stage.
The Students for Tulsi Twitter account also recently addressed what they believe is an effort to minimize the 38-year-old's campaign.
"We, collectively, need to acknowledge that there is a #TulsiMediaBlackout. Whether the MSM is outright ignoring Tulsi and our campaign, or are smearing us as being Russian assets/bots, it is an overt effort to discredit Tulsi, her candidacy, and this movement."