‘Outrageous’: Bernie Defends Tulsi Gabbard Over Russian Asset Smear Floated By Hillary Clinton
'Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders jumped to Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s defense Monday against unfounded allegations that she is a Russian asset, which former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and commentators at multiple news outlets have recently floated.
“Tulsi Gabbard has put her life on the line to defend this country. People can disagree on issues, but it is outrageous for anyone to suggest that Tulsi is a foreign asset,” Sanders said of his fellow Democratic presidential hopeful on Twitter.
Allegations that Gabbard is a Russian asset have picked up steam in recent weeks as some establishment Democrats have expressed concern that she will run a third-party campaign that could draw votes from the eventual Democratic nominee.
The New York Times published an article on Oct. 12 airing some of those concerns. On Oct. 15, CNN commentator Bakari Sellers called Gabbard a “puppet” for the Russian government.
Clinton took the accusation to a new level earlier in October, claiming in an interview that the Russian government was “grooming” Gabbard to run as a third-party candidate, seemingly to help President Donald Trump.'
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