'Unhinged and Disgraceful'
Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii launched an attack against her own party and her own party's most-recent presidential nominee late Friday afternoon, as reports grew that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Russia is grooming an unnamed but current 2020 presidential candidate, a woman, to run as a third-party candidate.
Gabbard – as did many – apparently assumed Clinton was referring to her, and took to Twitter to slam Clinton as "the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long."
She also said Clinton has been "cowardly" behind a "concerted campaign to destroy my reputation," and invited her to once again run for president.
Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of th… https://t.co/YEuqRfheT0— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@Tulsi Gabbard 🌺)1571430043.0
... powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose. It’s now clear that this… https://t.co/VwnGBYPFrc— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@Tulsi Gabbard 🌺)1571430043.0
Clinton, whose charges against Donald Trump have come true, said Russia's goal is to throw the election once again to Trump.
While Clinton did not name or even suggest Rep. Gabbard, many on social media assumed it was the Congresswoman from Hawaii.
Gabbard has a history of aligning herself with Russian and Syrian talking points. Her unannounced and largely to this day unexplained 2017 trip to visit Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad, who has been accused of war crimes including gassing his own people.
On Twitter, Gabbard was quickly berated and mocked:
@TulsiGabbard Lol, you’re getting beat by @AndrewYang. Maybe Hillary Freaking Clinton is a *little* out of you poli… https://t.co/kAJq1OuRWh— Elie Mystal (@Elie Mystal)1571431377.0
Hillary never mentioned your name. That you recognized yourself in her words is telling. Your reputation preceeded… https://t.co/nrZJPaQZDU— Victoria Brownworth🎄🕎☮ (@Victoria Brownworth🎄🕎☮)1571431953.0
@TulsiGabbard This response by @TulsiGabbard actually removes any doubt about the claims Secretary Clinton made abo… https://t.co/hwvRfk3Rnc— Alex Mohajer (@Alex Mohajer)1571432139.0
I love the new "I don't give two f____ks" @HillaryClinton . Mostly because I think the opinions she holds are righ… https://t.co/saZ29Ureu0— Hilary Rosen (@Hilary Rosen)1571431753.0
This tweet reads an awful lot like the Facebook content pumped out by Russian bot farms in 2016. https://t.co/SLpvgdbBQL— Brian Fallon (@Brian Fallon)1571432008.0
I wish HRC hadn’t called Gabbard a Russian asset. I see no evidence for this. Definitely a stooge and a useful idio… https://t.co/gwCLPpAXQM— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall)1571433037.0
Tulsi claims the primary is between her and Clinton, but sure, Hillary is the "crazy" one. https://t.co/XxmuSCXOOi— Amanda Marcotte (@Amanda Marcotte)1571433526.0
Why is Tulsi Gabbard getting so frantic on Twitter? Because her presidential bid is Russian out of time.— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈)1571432990.0
I blocked Tulsi Gabbard a couple years ago and I’ve never felt better about a decision on here.— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse)1571432795.0
Remember when a Russian embassy defended @TulsiGabbard? https://t.co/eytU0tvZtH— Ben Popken (@Ben Popken)1571421658.0