"And they're grooming her to be the third party candidate", Clinton said presumably about Gabbard, referring to Russian efforts to support third party candidate Jill Stein in 2016.
Rep. Gabbard (D-HI) called Hillary Clinton "the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that sickened the Democratic Party for so long".
Tulsi Gabbard responded to an insinuation made by Hillary Clinton on a podcast that Russian Federation is grooming one of the candidates running in the Democratic presidential primary to be a third party candidate favorable to their interests-and that Gabbard was one being groomed-with a string of strongly-worded tweets.
Clinton spoke with David Plouffe, the campaign manager for President Obama's 2008 campaign, for his podcast Campaign HQ.
"I think they've got their eye on someone who's now in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate", Clinton said on the podcast.
The former secretary of state is targeting her because she opposes Clinton's foreign policy platform, the Hawaii lawmaker said.
The story originated from an article (archived here) published by The National Review on October 18, 2019 under the title "Hillary Clinton Claims Russians "Grooming" Tulsi Gabbard as Third-Party Candidate".
Ms Clinton did not take Tulsi Gabbard's name during the interview.
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When CNN asked Clinton spokesperson Nick Merrill if the former secretary of state was referring to Gabbard, he responded: "If the nesting doll fits". She's a Russian asset, I mean, totally. "She's also a Russian asset". Despite her liberal views on most issues, she has won praise from some Trump supporters and conservative Fox News hosts, as well as Russian state media and its online surrogates.
Clinton also labelled Green Party candidate Jill Stein a "Russian asset" and suggested on the podcast that Gabbard is playing a similar role in this election. During the Democratic presidential-primary debate this week, Gabbard repeatedly said the USA has backed a "regime-change war" in Syria, leading observers to criticize her for latching onto what is "literally a Russian talking point".
While Clinton partisans called Gabbard "vile", a "malevolent kraken", and even a "Moscow Republican", plenty of people on all shades of the U.S. political spectrum defended her forceful response with memetic snark.
"She's playing a very risky game", he told CNN. Join the race directly.
"This morning, a CNN commentator said on national television that I'm an asset of Russian Federation". She suggested Russian Federation had kompromat on Trump.
Gabbard, who is a veteran, has not polled above single digits in the race for the Democrats' nomination.
"This is not some outlandish claim. This is reality", Merrill told CNN.