Why conservative media and the far right love Tulsi Gabbard for president

“Unironically listening to Tulsi Gabbard on Rogan podcast right now. I’ve cried 3 times so far because of how closely aligned her views are to mine. She is the Trump I hoped for but apparently didn’t deserve,” one /pol/ commenter wrote Sunday.

On Gab on Monday, users favorably circled an article about Gabbard’s past anti-gay stances. These are anonymous commenters, on a forum riddled by trolls. But other, more prominent far-right figures have publicly spoken in Gabbard’s defense.

Steve Bannon, Trump’s former White House chief strategist, reportedly admired Gabbard’s foreign policy, and arranged a meeting with her and Trump shortly after his election. Bannon was reportedly considering Gabbard for an administration role, although no such job ever materialized.