It appears that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a 2020 presidential candidate, has heard enough from twice-failed presidential candidate and retiree Hillary Clinton after Clinton baselessly smeared Gabbard weeks ago.
“Attorneys for Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard have written 2016 party nominee Hillary Clinton demanding a retraction of her comment saying she is the ‘favorite’ candidate of Russia,” Daily Mail reported.
In a sit down interview with former president Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign strategist David Plouffe, Clinton suggested that Gabbard – who is a war veteran and current Army National Guard reservist – was a Russian asset, and that Russia was somehow planning to influence Gabbard to run as a third party candidate to draw votes away from the eventual 2020 Democratic Party nominee. Clinton was the first to accuse President Donald J. Trump of being a Russian asset, sparking what ended up being a nearly three year investigation into alleged Russian “collusion,” which, of course, turned up empty.
But it appears that Clinton has convinced herself of her own lies: that there’s a grand Russian conspiracy to harm the Democratic Party and help Trump, but Gabbard’s lawyers are disinterested in indulging the bitter old hag.
“Your statement is defamatory, and we demand that you retract it immediately,” they reportedly said in a letter sent to Clinton Monday.
“It appears you may now be claiming that this statement is about Republicans (not Russians) grooming Gabbard,” the letter continued. “But this makes no sense in light of what you actually said. After you made the statement linking Congresswoman Gabbard to the Russians, you (through your spokesman) doubled down on it with the Russian nesting dolls remark.”
Gabbard’s attorneys were also keen on noting Gabbard’s military service. Clinton quite literally accused Gabbard of treason, a death penalty crime. Gabbard’s lawyers were displeased about that, too.
The letter continued:
Congresswoman Gabbard is not being groomed by Russia to be a third-party candidate. Nor is she a Russian asset. Rather, she is a patriotic loyal American, a sitting four-term United States Congresswoman and a Major in the United States Army National Guard. As such, she is a loyal American who has taken an oath declaring her allegiance to the United States of America both as a soldier and as a member of Congress. She has been serving for over 16 years in the Army National Guard, having voluntarily deployed twice to war zones in the Middle East.
This Republicans-not-Russians spin developed only after you realized the defamatory nature of your statement, and therefore your legal liability, as well as the full extent of the public backlash against your statement.
Gabbard has been a major spoiler candidate during the Democratic Party primary. Apparently the only sane Democrat on the debate stages, she viciously attacked Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) for hypocrisy in her advocacy for criminal justice reform, given Harris’ known history as a tough-on-crime prosecutor. Harris’ campaign has been on the decline ever since.
The next Democratic presidential debate will be held by MSNBC and The Washington Post on Nov. 20, and Gabbard has qualified to be on the debate stage.
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