Clinton implies Russia wants Gabbard as 3rd-party candidate

Nellie Chapman
October 19, 2019

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday made the baseless claim that Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party's 2016 nominee for president, was a Russian agent-an allegation that was met with derision from Stein and an invitation to debate.

Others approvingly cited Gabbard's accusation that Clinton was the "queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long".

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that she thinks Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, is being "groomed" by Russian Federation to run as a third-party candidate in 2020.

Clinton spoke with David Plouffe, the campaign manager for President Obama's 2008 campaign, for his podcast Campaign HQ.

"She's the favourite of the Russians", Mrs Clinton said, without naming her in the podcast that aired on Wednesday.

Gabbard responded to both charges by saying, "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".

On "Tucker Carlson Tonight", host Tucker Carlson said a news reporter later asked Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill if the former secretary of state was referring to Gabbard. She's a Russian asset, I mean, totally.

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Gabbard previously told her supporters that she was considering not to join the fourth Democratic presidential debate that was held on October 15 because she believes the DNC and corporate media are rigging the election against voters in early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.

She said the Kremlin wanted the contender to run as a third-party candidate to divide liberal voters and help re-elect Donald Trump.

The Hawaiian lawmaker recently addressed criticism that her campaign is being aided by Russian propaganda efforts- a narrative that has appeared recently in such places as the New York Times. Far-right conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich said she "seems very Trumpian".

"Hillary's comments about Tulsi just make totally clear how ridiculous the Russian Federation conspiracy crowd has become", said journalist Krystal Ball.

He also tweeted at Gabbard in response to her Tweets that it was the "Assad day for your candidacy". "So I don't know who it's going to be, but I will guarantee you they will have a vigorous third-party challenge in the key states that they most needed". "I will not", she said to CNN. She went on to say that Trump's inauguration speech was "like a declaration of war on half of America".

Gabbard, who is a veteran, has not polled above single digits in the race for the Democrats' nomination.

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