Was Tulsi Gabbard’s Kamala Harris attack done by… Russia?

Presidential long-shot Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii.) went on the offensive against Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) at Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Detroit, attacking her history as a prosecutor in California, which is at odds with some of her newfound progressive ideals.

Gabbard accused Harris of withholding exonerating evidence against convicted criminals, keeping people in prison longer to exploit their labor, and her evolving views on marijuana.

It was an exchange that left Harris momentarily flummoxed, as she scrambled to defend what is perhaps her biggest weakness in the eyes of left: Her tough-on-crime record as a prosecutor.

But this being America in 2019, it couldn’t just be that Gabbard asked Harris to defend her record. It had to be something more nefarious.

How much more nefarious?

You ever heard of a little place called the Kremlin?

Almost immediately after the interaction, Harris’ national press secretary let you know that Gabbard is a Russian double agent.

“Reporters writing their stories with eyes on the modern-day assignments desk of Twitter, read this,” Press Secretary Ian Sams tweeted, linking to an NBC article.

It’s true that in the wake of her 2020 announcement, pro-Gabbard tweets were sent by Russian social media operatives (whatever that means is up to you.), but this was an in-person exchange by two people that everyone saw, something that doesn’t have much to do with Moscow.

Russia didn’t set up Harris’ past as a prosecutor in an utterly devious long play, such that she could be taken down on a national stage, in person, by the candidate they incubated in a lab in St. Petersburg.

But now, whenever something trends on Twitter that is critical of one of the main Democratic contenders, it is immediately assumed to be the work of nefarious secret agents.

https://twitter.com/BooBooNyc/status/1156923809359941634

Apparently, Russians didn’t just interfere in 2016. They screwed up everyone’s brain as well.

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David Covucci

David Covucci

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