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Politics 2020 Dems dismiss Hillary Clinton’s attacks, rally to Tulsi Gabbard’s defense over Russia accusation

20:00  21 october  2019
20:00  21 october  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

Hillary Clinton implies Gabbard is favored by Russia

  Hillary Clinton implies Gabbard is favored by Russia Hillary Clinton appears to call Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard "the favorite of the Russians" in a recent interview.

Van Jones says Hillary Clinton smeared Tulsi Gabbard “with no facts” & adds Tulsi is getting “payback hell” for quitting DNC & backing Bernie in Online debate among Democrats has raged over whether their silence is a refusal to add oxygen to the fire, or an endorsement of Clinton ’ s position.

Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is “the favorite of the Russians .” Trump tweeted, “So now Crooked Hillary is at it again! Of the entire 2020 Democrat primary field, only technology entrepreneur Andrew Yang and new age author Marianne Williamson defended Gabbard against Clinton ’ s loaded accusations .

A growing number of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls are rallying to fellow candidate Tulsi Gabbard’s defense after Hillary Clinton claimed the Russians are “grooming” the Hawaii congresswoman to be a third-party spoiler in the race and suggested Gabbard is really a Russian asset -- a claim Gabbard has decried as an unfounded smear.

Tulsi Gabbard, Hillary Clinton are posing for a picture© Provided by Fox News Network LLC

"Tulsi is not being groomed by anyone. She is her own person," former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke said over the weekend.

Speaking to The Hill, O'Rourke added: "Obviously has served this country, continues to serve this country in uniform, in Congress, as a candidate for presidency so I think those facts speak for themselves."

Gabbard hits back at 'queen of warmongers' Clinton

  Gabbard hits back at 'queen of warmongers' Clinton Presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) did not hold back Friday when responding to 2016 nominee Hilary Clinton's suggestion that she is the "favorite of the Russians" for 2020, excoriating the former secretary of State as "the queen of warmongers" and "personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party.""She's the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her, so far ," Clinton had told David Plouffe, host of the podcast "Campaign HQ," and the campaign manager for former President Obama's 2008 campaign.

Hillary Clinton has hinted that, of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, Tulsi Gabbard is "the favorite of the Russians ." Clinton stopped short of mentioning congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard by name during an appearance on the Campaign HQ With David Plouffe podcast released late Thursday.

"Will Tulsi Gabbard Shake Up the 2020 Democratic Primary?" by Sputnik News.Sputnik News. A major in the Hawaii Army National Guard who served Just weeks after Donald Trump' s upset victory over Hillary Clinton , she met with the president-elect at Trump Tower. But Gabbard ' s most controversial

Gabbard, a Hawaii Democratic congresswoman, and Clinton have been sparring since the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee went on a podcast with former Obama adviser David Plouffe last week and said she wasn’t “making any predictions, but [thinks Russians] have got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate.”

“She’s the favorite of the Russians,” Clinton added, saying they “have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far. “

Clinton’s podcast performance prompted Gabbard to respond forcefully on Twitter, calling her the “queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party!”

Gabbard fundraises off Clinton attack: 'I challenge her' to 'face me directly'

  Gabbard fundraises off Clinton attack: 'I challenge her' to 'face me directly' Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is asking supporters to donate to her presidential campaign and calling on Hillary Clinton to "face her directly" in the 2020 Democratic primary. "Hillary Clinton accused Tulsi Gabbard — a combat veteran, soldier and Major in the Army National Guard — of being 'groomed' to be a 'Russian asset,'" reads a fundraising email sent by Gabbard's campaign on Saturday."Tulsi fights back and demands Hillary join the race and face her directly.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has accused Hillary Clinton of being behind a ‘concerted campaign’ to destroy her reputation and challenged Thank you Hillary Clinton ,” Gabbard tweeted on Friday afternoon. “You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of

Hillary Clinton has hinted that, of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, Tulsi Gabbard is "the favorite of the Russians ." Clinton stopped short of mentioning Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard by name during an appearance on the Campaign HQ With David Plouffe podcast released late Thursday.

An increasing number of other 2020 Democratic candidates have positioned themselves in Gabbard's camp, rejecting Clinton's claims, defending Gabbard and attempting to shift the conversation to other topics.

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang defended Gabbard, saying she “deserves much more respect and thanks than this.”

“She literally just got back from serving abroad,” Yang tweeted. Gabbard is a Hawaii Army National Guard major who served in Iraq.

Marianne Williamson, the self-help author, told Gabbard to "stay strong" and said she's the victim of attempted "character assassination."

“The Democratic establishment has got to stop smearing women it finds inconvenient!” she tweeted. “The character assassination of women who don’t toe the party line will backfire. Stay strong @TulsiGabbard. You deserve respect and you have mine.”

South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, also a veteran, was asked on CNN whether he felt Gabbard was a Russian asset and said: “I don’t know what the basis is for that.”

'Hillary's gone crazy': Trump knocks Clinton for 'Russian asset' jab at Gabbard

  'Hillary's gone crazy': Trump knocks Clinton for 'Russian asset' jab at Gabbard President Trump slammed Hillary Clinton for insinuating that Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard and former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein are "Russian" assets."So now Crooked Hillary is at it again! She is calling Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard 'a Russian favorite,' and Jill Stein 'a Russian asset,'" he tweeted Saturday night. "As you may have heard, I was called a big Russia lover also (actually, I do like Russian people. I like all people!).

Former secretary of state said in a podcast that the Hawaii congresswoman ‘is a favorite of the Russians ’.

During a Thursday interview, Clinton accused Gabbard of being a “ Russian favorite” and claimed that the Russians were “grooming” the Hawaii "So now Crooked Hillary is at it again! She is calling Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard 'a Russian favorite,' and Jill Stein 'a Russian asset,'" he tweeted.

“I’d prefer to have the conversation be about policy, about what we’re going to do, and about how American lives are going to be different,” Buttigieg said Sunday. “When it comes to any of my Democratic competitors, that’s my focus, making sure that we make very clear the differences—and there are very real differences among us—and making it clear to voters what their choices are. That’s where I’d like the focus to be.”

But some candidates like John Delaney -- while making clear he doesn't agree with Clinton's claim -- trod carefully as to not upset either Gabbard or Clinton.

“I consider Tulsi to be a very good friend. As best I can tell, there’s absolutely no basis for any of those allegations,” Delaney said, while noting he holds Clinton “in the highest regard” and “was a huge supporter for 2016.”

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer brushed off the feud altogether.

“It seems to me to be a sideshow. And so as a sideshow, I figure if I continue my schedule, I’ve got enough things to worry about,” he said. “And so I feel as if this is something that’s going to go on and it’s going to go on without me.”

Tulsi Gabbard softens tone after Clinton clash: 'What could be more patriotic than working together?'

  Tulsi Gabbard softens tone after Clinton clash: 'What could be more patriotic than working together?' Tulsi Gabbard sidestepped her clash with Hillary Clinton, striking a more conciliatory tone at a presidential forum in Iowa. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.The Hawaii representative on Sunday warned of "increasingly divided times" defined by "hatred, divisiveness, and bigotry," "much of it coming" from President Trump. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Tulsi Gabbard is a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard. Use of her military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Hawaii Army National Guard, the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense .

Tulsi Gabbard (D–Hawaii). "They are going to do third party again," said Clinton . Gabbard has articulated a non-interventionist foreign policy vision that is refreshingly different from But Clinton makes clear throughout the Plouffe interview that she is incapable of recognizing honest disagreement.

Others, like former Vice President Joe Biden, are distancing themselves from the issue. His campaign declined to comment Monday

Meanwhile, Gabbard herself posted a video message over the weekend claiming Clinton’s accusation was simply payback for her defiance of the party establishment during the 2016 presidential election.

“If they can falsely portray me as a traitor, then they can do it to anyone—and in fact, that’s exactly the message they want to get across to you,” Gabbard said in the video. “If you stand up to Hillary and the party power brokers—if you stand up to the rich and powerful elite and the war machine, they will destroy you and discredit your message.”

She added: “But, here is the truth: They will not intimidate us. They will not silence us.”

Gabbard started the video by referencing her time as the vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from 2013 to 2016, before she quit and endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., during the 2016 Democratic primary. At the time, Gabbard accused leaders of the party of stifling her freedom of speech and unfairly tipping the scales in favor of the eventual nominee, Hillary Clinton.

“People warned me in 2016 that my endorsement of Bernie Sanders would be the end of my ‘political career’—they said Clinton would never forget…that she and her rich and powerful friends—her allies in politics and the media—will make sure you’re destroyed,” she said in the video.

Bernie Sanders defends Tulsi Gabbard, says claim that she's a Russian asset is 'outrageous'

  Bernie Sanders defends Tulsi Gabbard, says claim that she's a Russian asset is 'outrageous' Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are both among the many lawmakers who have come to Tulsi Gabbard's defense."Tulsi Gabbard has put her life on the line to defend this country," Sanders said in a tweet Monday. "People can disagree on issues, but it is outrageous for anyone to suggest that Tulsi is a foreign asset.

Tulsi Gabbard blasts Hillary Clinton for suggesting Russia is grooming her to run as third-party candidate. Gabbard pushed back on Clinton as "queen of warmongers [and the] embodiment of corruption" in response to Clinton ' s allegations.

After Hillary Clinton accused Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of being a ‘ Russian asset,’ Gabbard shot back that Clinton is the ‘embodiment of corruption’ Others approvingly cited Gabbard ’ s accusation that Clinton was the “queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot

She went on to say that “countless hit pieces full of smears” have been published in an effort to “destroy” her reputation, which includes years of military and congressional service.

The claim of Gabbard being a Russian asset first hit the mainstream during last week’s CNN Democratic presidential primary debate when Gabbard called out news outlets for what she called a propaganda campaign against her.

“The New York Times and CNN have smeared veterans like myself for calling for an end to this regime-change war," Gabbard said. "Just two days ago, The New York Times put out an article saying I'm a Russian asset and an Assad apologist, and all these different smears. This morning, a CNN commentator said on national television that I'm an asset of Russia. Completely despicable."

Clinton herself, meanwhile, has come under scrutiny for raising money secretly from Russians when she was secretary of state. "Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal," read a 2015 headline in the Times.

CNN political commentator Van Jones echoed Gabbard's argument on-air, and called out Clinton's "disinformation" -- saying "she just came out against a sitting U.S. congresswoman, a decorated war veteran, and someone who's running for the nomination of our party, with just a complete smear and no facts."

Jones continued: "This is a very, very dangerous game -- and there's a backstory here. Let's not forget: Tulsi Gabbard was picked out by the Democratic Party establishment and put at the top of the DNC, and they thought she was going to be their golden girl. And, she got in that position in the DNC, and she looked around, and she saw [then-DNC Chairwoman] Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and other people, Clinton allies, doing stuff they shouldn't have been doing in the primary.

"And, Tulsi publicly quit and then endorsed Bernie Sanders, and it's been payback hell ever since," Jones said.

Fox News' Gregg Re contributed to this report.

Gabbard drops congressional race to focus on presidential .
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard says she will focus on her White House bid and not run for reelection to her congressional seat. The congresswoman from Hawaii made the announcement early Friday. © AP Photo/Charles Krupa Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, listens to a question during a campaign stop in Londonderry, N.H., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. While lagging behind in a crowded Democratic presidential field, Gabbard has gotten renewed attention lately after a heated argument with former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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