Tulsi Gabbard rides Hillary Clinton in new ad: ‘Step down from your throne’

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard took aim at Hillary Clinton again in a new video urging the failed 2016 Democratic nominee to “step down from your throne.”

The Hawaii Democrat and 2020 contender blasted Clinton in a newly-released campaign video responding to her recent claim that Russians are “grooming” Gabbard for a third-party run in order to tip the election in President Trump’s favor.

“Hillary, your foreign policy was a disaster for our country and the world — resulting in the deaths and injuries of so many of my brothers and sisters in uniform, devastating entire countries, millions of lives lost, refugee crises,” Gabbard said in her latest video ad.

“Yet despite the damage you have done to our country and the world, you want to continue your failed policies directly or indirectly through the Democratic nominee,” she added.

“It’s time for you to acknowledge the damage you have caused and apologize for it,” Gabbard said.” It is long past time for you to step down from your throne so the Democratic Party can lead with a new foreign policy which will actually be in the interests of and benefit the American people and the world.”

The Democratic congresswoman and Hawaii Army National Guard major who served in Iraq had declared in a previous video that she would not be silenced by Clinton and “her gang of rich, powerful elite.”

“If they can falsely portray me as a traitor, then they can do it to anyone — and in fact, that’s exactly the message they want to get across to you,” Gabbard said in the video posted Sunday. “If you stand up to Hillary and the party power brokers — if you stand up to the rich and powerful elite and the war machine, they will destroy you and discredit your message. But, here is the truth: They will not intimidate us. They will not silence us.”

Clinton 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 as she claimed the female 2020 Democratic hopeful was “the favorite of the Russians.”

“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.

Her comments were condemned by Gabbard’s 2020 rivals, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, author Marianne Williamson and entrepreneur Andrew Yang. Even Trump came to Gabbard’s defense, telling Fox News that Gabbard is “not a Russian asset.”

“These people are sick. There’s something wrong with them,” Trump said.

“Well, she had something to say about me, and I would have been very happy to have that conversation directly face-to-face with her,” Gabbard said of Clinton, speaking to reporters in Iowa on Monday.

She had also called out the former secretary of state as “the queen of warmongers” and the “embodiment of corruption.”

“Tulsi Gabbard has put her life on the line to defend this country,” Sanders tweeted in defense of Gabbard. “People can disagree on issues, but it is outrageous for anyone to suggest that Tulsi is a foreign asset.”

The Hawaii Democrat left her position as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee in 2016 in order to help Sanders in his previous presidential bid. She noted in her video that she was warned that her support of the Vermont senator “would be the end of my ‘political career’ — they said Clinton would never forget.”

Frieda Powers

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