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Hillary Clinton Tulsi Gabbard
Hillary Clinton in a new interview appeared to float a conspiracy theory that the Russians are “grooming” Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard to be a third-party candidate in 2020, while claiming 2016 Green Party nominee Jill Stein is “also” a Russian asset.
Appearing on former President Obama aide David Plouffe’s “Campaign HQ” podcast, Clinton did not mention Gabbard specifically by name, though Plouffe ended the podcast by noting Clinton’s “belief that Tulsi Gabbard is going to be a third-party candidate propped up by Trump and the Russians.”
“From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose,” she added in subsequent tweets, challenging the 2016 Democratic nominee to enter the 2020 race.
“It is now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly,” the congresswoman tweeted.
Merrill responded within minutes, saying, “Divisive language filled with vitriol and conspiracy theories? Can’t imagine a better proof point than this.”