Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) settled a nasty score with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) during the first House weaponization subcommittee hearing.
Gabbard blasted Romney for smearing her by calling her a “traitor” and accusing the ex-congresswoman of spewing “treasonous lies.”
Speaking about Gabbard, a former congresswoman and soldier, Romney said: “Tulsi Gabbard is parroting false Russian propaganda.
“Her treasonous lies may well cost lives.”
She set him straight during the hearing yesterday:
“Mitt Romney accuses me of treason,” Gabbard testified before lawmakers.
“I challenged him to back this serious allegation with evidence.
“What was this based on? There was no response, no explanation, no evidence, and certainly no apology.”
She said Romney’s smears are “often shrugged off as, ‘Well, hey, it’s politics. People say things about each other all the time.’”
“That may be easy for some of you to say,” Gabbard continued.
“But for somebody who wears the uniform, this is serious, and it is serious not only to me but to my fellow service members and veterans.
“Before every deployment, we have to make peace with the possibility that we may not come back.
“When those who dare to challenge the establishment are targeted by this powerful conglomerate of government, corporate media, and Big Tech weaponizing…all that they have against the people for their own selfish gain.
“It has a dangerous, chilling effect on free speech, and it sends a very powerful message: If you dare to challenge us, we will come after you.
“The more we allow this to happen, we start looking less and less like a democratic republic and more and more like a banana republic.”
Tulsi Gabbard has been waiting to unleash on Mitt Romney pic.twitter.com/42BWygV8Cm
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) February 9, 2023
Gabbard also spoke about the group behind many of the false Russian smears, Hamilton 68.
“The threat Big Tech monopolies pose to our democracy is real and serious,” Gabbard said.
“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.
“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.”
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