Hillary Clinton has a jaw-dropping take on the 2020 presidential election race.
The failed Democratic candidate believes the Russians have a “favorite” among the Democratic women running for president, and that they are “grooming” her to tip the election.
Clinton shared her theory during an interview with former President Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe on his “Campaign HQ” podcast.
“I’m not making any predictions,” she said, as she then made a prediction that one of the female 2020 Democratic hopefuls was being supported by Russia for a third-party campaign in an effort to help tip the election in President Trump’s favor.
“I think they’ve got their eye somebody who’s currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate. She’s a favorite of the Russians,” she said about 35 minutes into the podcast. “They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.”
Clinton continued her conspiratorial speculating in declaring that 2016 Green Party candidate Jill Stein was actually a “Russian asset.”
The former secretary of state has found many scapegoats for her 2016 election loss to Trump, but her take on Stein seemed to be a new part of the narrative of “what happened,” as she mused on whether Stein – who had dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2015 – would run again in 2020.
“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 said.
“I don’t know who it’s going to be but I will guarantee you they will have a vigorous third-party challenge in the key states where they most need it,” she said.
Though Clinton did not mention who she thought the Russians were “grooming” for 2020, many assumed it was Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, has now accused @TulsiGabbard, a veteran of the wars she supported, of being a “Russian asset” who is being “groomed” for a third party bid for the presidency, along with others.
This is an insane opinion. Will anyone call her on it?
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) October 18, 2019
The Hawaii lawmaker slammed the media this week for the “completely despicable” accusations that she has been receiving support from Russians.
Tulsi Gabbard goes after CNN on its own debate stage for smearing her with ‘completely despicable’ lies https://t.co/xfKW5hnv68
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 16, 2019
“Just two days ago, the New York Times put out an article saying that I’m a Russian asset and an Assad apologist and all these different smears. This morning, a CNN commentator said on national television that I’m an asset of Russia. Completely despicable,” Gabbard said during this week’s Democrat presidential debate.
The 2020 hopeful and military combat veteran referred to a widely criticized piece published by The New York Times that asked “if Tulsi Gabbard’s [Trumpian] anti-war, anti-establishment message makes her a stooge for Nazis and Russian bots.”
In August, Gabbard pledged that she would not run as a third-party candidate if she didn’t win the Democratic nomination.
While Clinton may not have mentioned Gabbard by name, the other women making a White House bid – California Sen. Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and author Marianne Williamson – have not had any of the Russian accusations leveled at them before.
Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill did not deny that Gabbard was the target of the former first lady’s comments.
“If the nesting doll fits,” he told CNN.
“This is not some outlandish claim. This is reality,” Merrill said. “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.”
Clinton’s speculation instantly raised eyebrows on social media.
This is foul. You used to be able to count on the MSM to reflexively go after anyone who red baits like this. Why do I have a feeling the MSM won’t go after Hillary for this. https://t.co/JXYL60KyC1
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 18, 2019
Is there any evidence, any at all, that this serving member of the US military is under the control of a hostile foreign power? If not, it’s extraordinarily irresponsible to level the kind of allegation Clinton has made on Gabbard. It’s reprehensible.
— Eric Jones (@E_JonesEurasia) October 18, 2019
Hillary Clinton hired a British spy who spread Russian disinformation that damaged an American President.
She will go down as one of the most wretched, craven politicians in all of American history.
Tulsi Gabbard is not the story here. https://t.co/IWKw3XMIck
— Bryan Dean Wright (@BryanDeanWright) October 18, 2019
Hillary Clinton thinks that Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein are Russian agents. I wonder who told her to say that. pic.twitter.com/E2iFw1i4O3
— Ⓑest Ⓑojo Ⓒhat (@BBCPropaganda) October 18, 2019
Hillary Clinton’s vehement opposition toward Tulsi Gabbard makes me love Tulsi even more so thank you ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/yVboVVXcq5
— BAX ? (@baxfortulsi) October 18, 2019
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