UPDATED BELOW WITH RESPONSE FROM TULSI
Hillary Clinton has never taken one iota of responsibility for losing the 2016 election. Instead, she blames Russia, WikiLeaks, John Brennan, Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, etc. She is truly amazing (in a terrible way).
Today she warned about a major threat in the 2020 race: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Appearing on the Campaign HQ podcast hosted by David Plouffe (Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign manager), she said:
“They are also going to do third party again,” Clinton said. “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, referring to Gabbard, without mentioning the Hawaii representative by name.
“She is a favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far. That’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not because she is also a Russian asset.
Following the podcast, Nick Merrill, a top aide to Clinton was asked to clarify his boss’s comments on whether she was speaking about Gabbard:
“If the nesting doll fits,” Merrill told a CNN reporter. “This is not some outlandish claim. This is reality. 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.”
Recently, Clinton said she had considered entering the 2020 race:
“Maybe there does need to be a rematch,” Clinton said. “Obviously, I can beat him again.
Gabbard later replied to Clinton, tweeting: “Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. 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. It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.”