‘Tulsi is a Grade-A bad a** ‘: Gutfeld cheers Gabbard’s counterattack on Hillary Clinton

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Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld lauded Rep. Tulsi Gabbard as a “bad*ss” after her fiery rebuke of Hillary Clinton.

The co-host of “The Five” slammed Clinton’s attack on the Hawaii Democrat after she accused a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate of being a “favorite” of the Russians.

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“Tulsi is a Grade A bad a– right now,” Gutfeld said on “The Five” Friday

“The reason why Hillary’s going after [her] is because she is different. She’s different than everybody up there,” he added. “She sounds like in many ways a traditional liberal. She’s not a hard leftist. She’s not into identity politics. She thinks her own way and that bothers [Clinton].”

The show’s co-hosts discussed Clinton’s theory that Russians are “grooming” Gabbard for a third-party run in order to tip the election in President Trump’s favor.

The former secretary of state and failed Democratic presidential nominee did not mention Gabbard by name in her interview on former Obama aide David Plouffe’s “Campaign HQ” podcast, but many assumed it was Gabbard. 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 been the target of any Russian accusations while Gabbard has.

The Democratic congresswoman and Hawaii Army National Guard major who served in Iraq fired back during the last Democratic debate at CNN and The New York Times which published a widely criticized piece that asked “if Tulsi Gabbard’s [Trumpian] anti-war, anti-establishment message makes her a stooge for Nazis and Russian bots.”

“I’m not making any predictions but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Clinton said during the podcast. “She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.”

Gabbard responded with a scathing rebuke of the former first lady whom she referred to as “the queen of warmongers” and the “embodiment of corruption.”

“From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation,” Gabbard tweeted Friday.

She also told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that Clinton was attacking her because “she knows she can’t control me.”

Gutfeld suggested Clinton and the media are “working from the same script” in that Clinton was “merely saying and echoing what you hear in the media.”

He also debunked Clinton’s claims by ridiculing her Russian theory in light of Gabbard’s service and the unfolding events of the last few years.

“But maybe Hillary’s right. I mean, if you think about it, you know, here you have Putin who is grooming a Russian spy first to join the American military, right?” he said

“Then after that Russian spy’s in the military, then you run for Congress, okay, in Hawaii,” Gutfeld continued. “And then you decide to run for president as a Democrat, only to leave and then go independent in order to ensure that Donald Trump is president.”

“The Russians must have been genius to predict that Trump would be president in 2020, to pull this off,” he snarked. “She [Clinton] is so delusional. It’s comical.”

Clinton reportedly backed out of appearing at an event Friday which was set to include Gabbard, according to Fox News.

She apparently withdrew from the three-day Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit due to a scheduling conflict. That announcement was made as she sparked the clash with the 2020 hopeful, though a source noted that her decision not to participate was actually in protest against another scheduled speaker, former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

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