Hillary Clinton says that the Russians are grooming a female Democratic Presidential candidate. Although she doesn’t state her by name, most believe the jab is intended for Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
That’s not a surprise given Gabbard’s counter-party stances which find her not in support of Trump impeachment ongoings.
“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, speaking on a podcast with former Obama adviser David Plouffe. “She’s the favorite of the Russians.”
Following that, Clinton said that Russia seems to be utilizing social media to boost “her.”
“They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far,” Clinton said.
While the Clinton camp refuses to name Gabbard specifically, when asked it the rhetoric targeted the Hawaii rep, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said, “If the nesting doll fits.”
“This is not some outlandish claim. This is reality,” Merrill said. “If the Russian propaganda machine, both their state media and their bot and troll operations, is backing a candidate aligned with their interests, that is just a reality, it is not speculation.”
Gabbard has stated recently that she won’t run on a third-party ticket. But it’s difficult to discount the severe damage she could cause to an already hobbled Democratic party. Gabbard’s seemingly aligning herself with an anti-media, anti-‘swamp’ stance. She frequently appears on Fox News in her media appearances, something none of her other Democratic Presidential hopeful counterparts are willing to do.
Hillary Clinton’s loss of moderate, former Obama voters in vital states such as Pennsylvania increase Gabbard’s clout. It’s likely Gabbard would fair well with this voter base, or at least a lot better than her socialist foes.
The more the media and Clinton smear Gabbard, the more she soars. Sound familiar?
Author: Jim Satney
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