Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has set Hillary Clinton straight during the first House Weaponization Subcommittee hearing today.
Gabbard blasted Clinton for spreading a “baseless smear” by accusing her of “being groomed by the Russians.”
Clinton pushed the false claims about the former Democrat congresswoman when Gabbard was running for the 2020 presidential nomination.
After shredding Kamala Harris and Joe Biden during Democrat primary debates, Gabbard was rapidly emerging as a favorite in the race.
She was Google’s most-searched 2020 Democrat after the debates.
Clinton responded to the establishment’s concerns about Gabbard’s growing popularity by appearing on TV and smearing the congresswoman as a “Russian asset.”
During the subcommittee hearing this week, Gabbard said: “The threat Big Tech monopolies pose to our democracy is real and serious.
“After the first Democratic primary presidential debate in 2019, I was the most searched candidate of the night.
“Unfortunately and suddenly, my Google ads account was mysteriously suspended without any notice or explanation…no responses to our multiple attempts to resolve whatever problem could have caused this.”
“This happens all the time with these Big Tech monopolies interfering in our democracy by manipulating search results based on whatever it is they want the American people to know about a particular candidate or issue.
“That should be concerning to any one of us.”
“Hamilton 68 work was widely cited as fact by institutions like Harvard and Stanford, mainstream news organizations across the board, members of the House of Representatives and Senate from both political parties, including the head of the Intelligence Committee,” Gabbard said of the group that incorrectly smeared her.
“The problem is — it was false,” she said.
“Twitter determined that the vast majority of accounts Hamilton 68 targeted were neither strongly Russian nor strongly bots.
“They were mostly anti-establishment American voices from across the political spectrum.
“I was one of them.”
She said Hillary Clinton “accused me, a sitting member of Congress, a soldier, and a candidate running for president of being ‘groomed by the Russians.’
“Her baseless smear worked as intended.
“It was something that was repeated over and over, headline after headline, article after article, pushed online in every way.”
@TulsiGabbard is a patriot. Hillary called her a “Russian Asset.” Big tech has banned, blocked, filtered, and controlled her. Why? Because she represents CHANGE for the people of America.
The radical left and RINOs must be rejected. Two wings of the same bird. pic.twitter.com/VGFxneX0ua
— 🇺🇸Brian🇺🇸 (@BDMtoday) February 9, 2023
Hillary said at the time
“She’s the favorite of the Russians.
“They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.
Gabbard said Clinton’s smear “had the harmful impact that was intended.”
Tulsi Gabbard: “There’s never been a war that Hillary has seen that she has not loved.” pic.twitter.com/0GDA06Aw9C
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) February 10, 2023