Dems and Repubs agree: Tulsi must be destroyed
Earlier this week, Tulsi came out strongly against war with Iran.
Within days the political establishment was smearing her again.
Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is being underwritten by some of the nation’s leading Russophiles.
Donors to her campaign in the first quarter of the year included: Stephen F. Cohen, a Russian studies professor at New York University and prominent Kremlin sympathizer; Sharon Tennison, a vocal Putin supporter who nonetheless found herself detained by Russian authorities in 2016; and an employee of the Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT, who appears to have donated under the alias “Goofy Grapes.”
Yes, out of the 65,000+ of Tulsi's donors, three of them may have had Russian sympathies.
It's a "scandal" according to the centrist establishment Daily Beast.
The Daily Beast’s next headline..... pic.twitter.com/Px7OXXfH0E
— Rachel Pirani (@Liberty5380) May 21, 2019
That reflects the attitude of a small set of the American left wing, a non-interventionist faction that eyed collusion allegations with suspicion.
But the list of controversial donors to Gabbard, as detailed by her filings with the Federal Election Committee, doesn’t end there.
Susan Sarandon, the famous actress who earned the enduring wrath of Democrats for her support of Green Party candidate Jill Stein in the 2016 election, gave Gabbard $500.
Not Susan Sarandon!! Anything but Susan Sarandon! LOL
Normally this would be just another empty smear by the Democratic establishment.
However, this time the RNC picked it up.
Let me repeat this: The RNC echoed a DNC mouthpiece smear.
An odd turn of affairs: The RNC touted a Daily Beast story that reported “Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is being underwritten by some of the nation’s leading Russophiles.” Not donations from Russians, mind you, but a couple thousand dollars in donations from Americans with publicly stated views that are more or less in line with those of Vladmir Putin’s regime.
Whether or not Gabbard considers herself a friend to Russia, Russian-backed media sees a potential friend in her. Earlier this year, NBC News found “at least 20 Gabbard stories on three major Moscow-based English-language websites affiliated with or supportive of the Russian government: RT, the Russian-owned TV outlet; Sputnik News, a radio outlet; and Russia Insider, a blog that experts say closely follows the Kremlin line.”
Rarely do you see the establishment Dems and establishment Repubs united like this.
In fact, I can't recall ever seeing them united to this degree.
It reminds me of how competing houses of the aristocracy would suddenly throw aside their bitter hatred of each other when threatened by a peasant revolt.
Gabbard’s overall record isn’t consistently pro-Russian; she’s voted for sanctions and condemned the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty...Where Russia has friends, Tulsi Gabbard is usually standing up for them, beyond Assad. She strongly objected to the arrest of Julian Assange. She accused “neocons, neolibs and the MSM” of pushing for war in Venezuela, where Russia is backing the Maduro regime, and scoffed “no wonder North Korea won’t give up their nukes.” She contended, “TV talking heads love trying to goad Trump into going to war w/ Russia.” In 2015, she defended Russia’s military operations in Syria: “Bad enough US has not been bombing al-Qaeda/al-Nusra in Syria. But it’s mind-boggling that we protest Russia’s bombing of these terrorists.”
I'm guessing that this list of Gabbard being on the right side of these issues is supposed to be a damning indictment of her. It's truly Orwellian.
In case there was any question, when Tulsi pushed back against this naked smear this is how it was spun: Gabbard = Trump, because they are both Putin Puppets, I guess.