If Everyone Is a Russian Asset, No One Is a Russian Asset

The Federalist | 10/21/2019 | Erielle Davidson
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Hillary Clinton’s careening and irresponsible attack on Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard for being “a Russian asset” last week did more than just damage political discourse in America. They might have, inadvertently, done the country a favor.

In a bizarre podcast interview with former Obama White House Advisor David Plouffe, Clinton declared that one female candidate for 2020 was being “groomed” to be a third-party candidate–seemingly by the Russians.

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While Clinton’s prior allegations about Donald Trump were embraced by Democratic partisans looking for excuses to blunt the reality of their 2016 election loss, that might not be the case this time. By attacking Gabbard, Clinton reinvigorated the very tactic she employed against Trump, only this time, it’s possible Democratic primary voters will see the tactic in a new light, as an unappealing mixture of cynical and hysterical.

Clinton smarmily alleged, “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.” In a replay of her 2016 Russian collusion accusations against then-candidate Trump, she added that Gabbard is “the favorite of the Russians.”

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Clinton’s accusations didn’t stop at Tulsi. She also accused Jill Stein of being in the pocket of the Russians. “That’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which, she might not ’cause she’s also a Russian asset. She’s a Russian asset, totally. They know they can’t win without a third-party candidate.”

Even as Clinton’s attacks have met massive public backlash, with Gabbard’s aggressive responses going wildly viral and spawning the hashtag #Queenofwarmongers. Many in the Democratic Party establishments and the media seemed unable to condemn her rhetoric.

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On Friday, former third-party presidential candidate Evan McMullin joined the Tulsi pile-on, tweeting, “I believe it’s true. Tulsi Gabbard is with the Russians and the...
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