Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has publicly hit out at Hillary Clinton and her allies in the Democratic Party establishment, vowing to take America back from the “corrupt elite.”
In a video posted on Twitter on Oct. 20, Gabbard, who is running for president, urged the public to help her reclaim the Democratic Party and root out corruption.
Gabbard said that Clintons smears against her since “day one” of her campaign can be traced back to her endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election.
Hillary & her gang of rich, powerful elite are going after me to send a msg to YOU: “Shut up, toe the line, or be destroyed.” But we, the people, will NOT be silenced. Join me in taking our Democratic Party back & leading a govt of, by & for the people! https://t.co/TOcAOPrxye pic.twitter.com/TahfE2XOek
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) October 20, 2019
Gabbard resigned her post as a vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to be able to formally endorse Sanders for president three years ago.
“People warned me in 2016 that my endorsement of Bernie Sanders would be the end of my political career,” Gabbard said.
“They said, Clinton will never forget, that she and her rich and powerful friends, her allies in politics and the media, will make sure that you are destroyed.”
In her video, the 38-year-old said ever since she defied the party, Clinton has been attempting to falsely portray her as a “traitor,” largely through “countless hit pieces full of smears.”
“Theyve tried to destroy my reputation and my lifetime of service because I stood up to them.”
Gabbards video, released Sunday afternoon, comes after the former secretary of state implied in an interview last week that Gabbard is a favorite of the Russians.
Clinton said during an interview on Oct. 18, without presenting any evidence, that Russia has “got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate.”
She later said that person, who commentators have identified as Gabbard, is “a Russian asset,” along with Jill Stein, who ran for president in 2016 in the election that Clinton lost to President Donald Trump.
Gabbard, who served in the military, later said during an appearance on Fox Newss Tucker Carlson Tonight: “Let me tell you what this is about: this is about Hillary Clinton sending a very strong message because I am and have long been calling for an end to our countrys foreign policy of waging one regime change war after the next, the likes of which weve seen in Iraq, and Libya, and ongoing in Syria, and because Im calling for an end to this new cold war and nuclear arms race, that I am a Russian asset and I am a traitor to the nation I love.
“Not only are they saying that about me, they are basically sending this message out to every veteran in this country, every service member, every American … who is fighting for peace,” she added.
The reason Clinton tried smearing her as working with Russia, Gabbard alleged, is that the former secretary of state knows she cant “manipulate” the outsider candidate.
“The reason why shes doing this is ultimately she knows that she cant control me. That I stand for against everything that she represents. And that, if Im elected president, if Im the Democratic nominee and elected president, that she wont be able to control me, she wont be able to manipulate me. She wont be able to continue to work from behind the curtain to continue these regime change wars that will be so costly,” Gabbard said.
Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a …