Tulsi Gabbard Unleashes on Hillary for Promoting Conspiracy Theory That She’s a Russian Agent

Tulsi Gabbard Unleashes on Hillary for Promoting Conspiracy Theory That She’s a Russian Agent

Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard slammed Hillary Clinton on Friday for promoting unfounded rumors that she’s a Russian agent. 

In a series of tweets that quickly went viral, Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii, called Clinton “the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.”

She went on to accuse Clinton of orchestrating the conspiracy theory that she is a Russian asset along with “powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine.” Then, she challenged Clinton to enter the 2020 contest.

“It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me,” Gabbard said. “Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.”

Gabbard’s tirade was apparently inspired by comments Clinton made on Thursday’s episode of the “Campaign HQ” podcast, which is hosted by fellow ex-Obama aide Plouffe. Although Clinton stopped short of naming Gabbard, she was not subtle.

“I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Clinton said. “She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.”

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Clinton went on to accuse Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president in 2016, of also being an asset of Russia. Clinton has previously included Stein on the long list of things she blames for her loss of the presidency to Donald Trump.

“That’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not because she’s also a Russian asset,” she said.

At another point during the podcast, Clinton repeated her claim that Trump is an “illegitimate president.”

Plouffe ended the podcast with a reference to Clinton’s “belief that Tulsi Gabbard is going to be a third-party candidate propped up by Trump and the Russians.”

Hillary Clinton versus Tulsi Gabbard

On Friday, Samantha Power, a U.N. ambassador under Obama, was among those who supported Clinton’s allegations, at least in part.

A number of other Democrats, as well as journalists and activists, have long voiced similar suspicions about Gabbard. As evidence, they have cited her appeal to the political right, harsh criticism of her fellow Democrats, antiwar platform and meetings with Syrian President Bashar Assad and other strongmen leaders.

A report published Saturday by The New York Times, gave credibility to the rumors, saying: “That’s left some Democrats wondering what, exactly, she is up to in the race, while others worry about supportive signs from online bot activity and the Russian news media.”

For her part, Gabbard during Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate slammed the Times along with CNN for casting aspersions on her.

“Just two days ago, the New York Times put out an article saying that I’m a Russian asset and an Assad apologist and all these different smears,” she said on stage. “This morning a CNN commentator said on national television that I’m an asset of Russia. Completely despicable.”

Gabbard said her opposition to recent military interventions in the Middle East is informed by her experience as a veteran of the Iraq War.

Cover image: Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii./Hillary Clinton. (Screen grabs)