Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a contender for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination, is suing Hillary Clinton for defamation. The suit is based on remarks the former secretary of State made last year, insinuating that Gabbard was a Russian asset.
Clinton, who has been among the loudest voices when it comes to propagating the conspiracy theory that Russian meddling cost her the 2016 election, said in a podcast last October that Vladimir Putin’s government was preparing to turn Gabbard into a weapon against the Democratic Party.
“I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who’s currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Clinton said. “She’s the favorite of the Russians, they have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far, and that’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not, because she’s also a Russian asset. Yeah, she’s a Russian asset, I mean totally. They know they can’t win without a third-party candidate.”
Clinton later “clarified” that she meant to say that Gabbard (whom she did not actually call out by name) was a Republican asset, not a Russian one.
In a statement, Gabbard’s lawyer Brian Dunne said that Clinton’s smears were an attack on his client’s integrity.
“Tulsi Gabbard is a loyal American civil servant who has also dedicated her life to protecting the safety of all Americans,” Dunne said. “Rep. Gabbard’s presidential campaign continues to gain momentum, but she has seen her political and personal reputation smeared and her candidacy intentionally damaged by Clinton’s malicious and demonstrably false remarks.”
In an interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson on Thursday, Gabbard elaborated on why it was so important to have her day in court with Clinton.
“This is about my life,” she said. “You know, for so many people they are saying oh well, you know, this is just another news story. But this is my life we are talking about here. For me, as a soldier, as every service member does, I took an oath of loyalty to our country. The country that I love. Willing to put my life on the line for our country deploying twice to the Middle East to do. So still serving in the uniform in the Army National Guard today for almost 17 years. The essence of this service, this love of country, is who I am.
“So when you have someone as powerful as Hillary Clinton seeking to smear my reputation, essentially implying that I’m a traitor to the country that I love, what she essentially is doing is taking my life away,” Gabbard continued. “So what this lawsuit is about is actually valuing the honor and the loyalty and integrity that every one of our service members embodies and saying that no one can try to defame them. We’ll not allow that to go unchecked.”
As much as we’d love to see Hillary finally pay a price for her reckless lies, those Clintons have a slippery way of getting away with murder (er, so to speak?). We’ll see if Gabbard can break their unbelievable run of good fortune.