• Back and Forth Between Tulsi and Hillary: No Truce in Sight

    Surge Summary: The squabble between current presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard and sometimes White House hopeful Hillary Clinton goes on, with Gabbard now threatening a lawsuit if Hillary doesn’t retract her accusation that Gabbard is a Russian asset.

    The kinda weird dust-up between Hawaii Representative and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard and former First Lady/Senator/Secretary of State and repeated White House aspirant Hillary Clinton – Democrats both – continues; only now the lawyers are involved.

    Here’s the skinny from Kate Seamons over at Newser:

    Attorneys for the 2020 hopeful [Tulsi Gabbard] on Monday sent a letter to Clinton demanding that she “immediately” retract her “defamatory” comments on Gabbard; they want a verbal retraction, as well as one posted to Twitter, reports the Hill.

    The comments in question were made in October during an episode of David Plouffe’s Campaign HQ podcast. Clinton said of Gabbard, “She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her, so far.” Clinton also said “they” are grooming Gabbard to mount a third-party campaign; a Clinton rep later said the “they” referred to the GOP.

    “They” meaning the Republicans? Ahh, the stand-by Clinton slipperiness on display once more. (It depends on what the meaning of the word “they” is, I suppose.)

    Gabbard’s lawyers, no surprise, aren’t convinced of the truthfulness of Mrs.Clinton’s clarification, stating in a letter:

    “It appears you may now be claiming that this statement is about Republicans (not Russians) grooming Gabbard. But this makes no sense in light of what you actually said. After you made the statement linking Congresswoman Gabbard to the Russians, you (through your spokesman) doubled down on it with the Russian nesting dolls remark.”

    Fox News reports Gabbard’s lawyers, believe it or not, supplied a statement for the former New York lawmaker to repeat, which includes an admission of a “grave mistake and error” and proclaims her “support” and “admir[ation]” of Gabbard’s work.

    A little unsolicited advice for Congresswoman Gabbard? I wouldn’t count on it.

    CNN notes Clinton’s accusation, ironically, may have actually helped Gabbard qualify for November’s debate. Previous to Hillary’s snipe, she had never ranked above the necessary 3%.

    Politics sure can be odd, can’t it?

    H/T: Kate Seamons over at Newser

    Image: Hillary Clinton; Creative Commons; CC By-SA 2.o; Adapted from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/30648607122

    Image: Tulsi Gabbard; Adapted from: Matt Johnson from Omaha, Nebraska, United States – IMG_5195, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=77386199

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