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In what is most assuredly a publicity stunt with no chance of victory, a way to get her name in the news with the first votes in Iowa a few weeks out, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is suing Hillary Clinton for remarks she made on a podcast.
The news was first reported by Ed O’Keefe of CBS on Wednesday morning.
The Clinton-Gabbard feud began in the wake of several stories that reported Russian bots/trolls/boogeymen had promoted Gabbard in the wake of the debates.
Clinton went on David Plouffe’s podcast and said that Gabbard was a favorite of the Russians, and that “they” are grooming her for a third-party run.
After the comments sparked an explosion online, Gabbard offered a fiery denunciation of Clinton, calling her, among other things, the world’s worst “warmonger.”
Clinton later tried to walk back the comments, saying she meant Republicans wanted Gabbard to run as a third-party, despite the fact that after the initial news, her spokesperson had endorsed the Russia angle, saying “if the nesting doll fits.”
In a statement released by her campaign, Gabbard said that “Clinton deliberately and maliciously made false statements in an attempt to derail Rep. Gabbard’s campaign, by alleging that Gabbard is a ‘Russian asset.’”
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]