Even CNN thinks Hillary Clinton has gone too far with her latest conspiracy theory

Hillary Clinton and Tulsi Gabbard
Ed Sykes

US Army veteran Tulsi Gabbard hopes to become the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate in 2020. But because she firmly opposes devastating US regime-change wars abroad and tells the truth about US links to terrorism, she has faced the wrath of the rich and powerful.

Now, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has stepped in to smear Gabbard. And even establishment media outlet CNN seems to think Clinton’s latest Russia-related conspiracy theory is one step too far.

Smearing soldiers as ‘Russian assets’ for questioning disastrous US foreign policy

Speaking in a podcast, Clinton suggested that Gabbard is a “Russian asset”. This is not a new smear tactic from Gabbard’s opponents. In fact, one CNN contributor recently said the same thing, arguing without evidence that Gabbard is a “puppet for the Russian government”. But responding to Clinton’s words, CNN commentator Van Jones called them a “very dangerous game”. He then said:

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she just came out against a sitting US congresswoman, a decorated war veteran, and somebody who’s running for the nomination of our party with just a complete smear and no facts.

And he stressed:

Let’s not forget: Tulsi Gabbard was picked out by the Democratic Party establishment and put at the top of the DNC [Democratic National Committee]. They thought she was gonna be their golden girl. And she got in that position in the DNC, and she looked around; she saw Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other people – Clinton allies – doing stuff they shouldn’t have been doing in the primary. And Tulsi publicly quit and then endorsed Bernie Sanders. And it’s been payback hell ever since.

Democratic Party elites like Clinton have long pushed ‘Russiagate‘ conspiracies in an attempt to explain away Donald Trump’s 2016 election win and end his presidency. But while critics claim this actually strengthened Trump, establishment fearmongering about Russia is clearly far from over.

The “queen of warmongers”

Gabbard has long faced smears for opposing regime-change wars, especially from mainstream media outlets which tend to support such wars. And these smears continue today. But she wasn’t about to let such a high-profile member of her own party smear her as a “Russian asset”. So she hit back at Clinton, saying:

She also tweeted several defiant videos:

And as Gabbard stressed in one interview:

The reason why she’s doing this is because she [Clinton] knows that she can’t control me.

She also suggested the allegations amounted to a “new McCarthyism” – referencing the ‘red-baiting’ in US politics during the Cold War.

Gabbard has previously criticised Russia, but her campaign says opponents are resorting to “Russia-baiting propaganda” attacks against anyone “who speaks out against regime change war or the new Cold War”.

Stand up for peace

Progressives could genuinely question some of Gabbard’s positions, as we could with most US politicians. But it’s her strong criticism of disastrous regime-change wars and US links to terrorism that has sparked the anger of establishment politicians like Clinton. And fortunately, progressive politicians have spoken out in her defence:

Opposing war doesn’t make anyone a traitor or a foreign puppet. It makes them a sensible human being – no matter how much warmongering elitists try to tell us otherwise.

Featured image via Flickr – Gage SkidmoreYouTube – Tulsi Gabbard

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    1. An eavesdropper when the Clinton woman eventually stumbles up to the Pearly Gates and is confronted by St Peter might be entertained thusly.

      Peter: What are you doing here?

      Clinton: I followed the sign for Heaven.

      P: Couldn’t you take the hint when the escalator refused to work for you?

      C: Indeed, it’s obvious this place is in ill-repair and requires a firm hand. So plainly I was not intended to loaf around in Heaven when clearly there’s need of leadership.

      P: Didn’t it occur to you that you are not destined for Heaven?

      C; That’s a silly jest. Of course I have a place guaranteed. Why else would I have attended church every Sunday, and sometimes when I didn’t strictly have to? Anyway, it would be totally unfitting for me to mix with deplorables down below. However, I don’t mind making a few brief visits to dispense charity …

      [The sentence came to an abrupt end before C. could blurt “and laugh at their plight.”]

      Now stand aside and show me to my suite.

      P. It’s not as simple as that. Putting it in terms you might understand: you don’t have a reservation.

      C. That’s nothing money can’t fix.

      P. There is no money here.

      [Taking a minuscule amount of pity on the creature, P. continued.]

      I shall admit you to Heaven if you can recount one act of genuine charity performed by you during your life time.

      C. The Clinton Foundation! It’s obvious. Silly man, how did you forget that?

      P. If you were aware of Biblical teaching you would know the story of the widow’s mite. Charity is not ostentatious. Let me give you a hint. Have you ever said anything kind to a beggar and proffered assistance in his plight?

      [Being met with silence, P. continued.]

      Have you ever taken in a sickly stray kitten and brought it back to health?

      [Silence continued. Evidently C. was desperately searching through lumber rooms of memory. Finally P. lost patience.]

      You are not welcome here. Go down and join the other corrupted in their torment.

      [C. did not move. She had never been spoken to thus in her life. She was about to demand to see the manager when before turning his back and walking away P. interrupted.]

      You can hang around there if you wish. Soon the garbage collectors will pick you up and deposit you on a dung heap in Hell.

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