Former Democratic presidential candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claims that Russia is attempting to destabilize the United States’ government. This is her conclusion after seeing District Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a third-party candidate is a “favorite of the Russians.”
After appearing on David Pouffe’s podcast, the former Obama campaign manager turned host, the former first lady made some controversial statements regarding the Russians. She talks of Russians meddling in the U.S. elections and includes Gabbard’s substantial social media support relying on bots. In the first and second Democratic debates, Gabbard became the most-searched-for candidate which raised eyebrows as it seemed like it wasn’t really people behind it.
In that podcast, Clinton said “I think they’ve got their eye on someone who’s currently in the Democratic primary and grooming her to be the third-party candidate.” She then dropped the bombshell with no hesitation, “She’s [Gabbard] the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.”
Despite not saying Gabbard’s name, it is obvious she’s the only person being talked about. Remember the Harris vs Gabbard debate? Gabbard ranked first in Google searches.
Last August, Gabbard said she won’t run as a third-party candidate should she not win the Democratic nomination. Gabbard isn’t the only person being said to be a part of this Russian conspiracy, she also said that Green Party candidate Jill Stein is a “Russian asset” and she sees Gabbard playing the same role in the upcoming election.