I’m not going to pretend to have ever liked, trusted, or respected any member of the Clinton clan. They are corrupt to their core and Bill Clinton is basically a sexually transmitted disease that accidentally became self-aware.
But this is really … something. According to the Washington Post, Hillary has gone full Louise Mensch, claiming that Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian asset whom the Russians will run as an independent just to spoil the 2020 election:
In a conversation on former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe’s podcast, Clinton suggested the Russians are leveraging a number of top U.S. politicians. She suggested Russia had kompromat on Trump. She accused 2016 Green Party nominee Jill Stein of being a “Russian asset.” And she suggested Russia might back Gabbard as a third-party candidate.
“They’re also going to do third-party again,” Clinton said. “I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on someone who’s currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate. She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.”
The “again” referred to Stein, whom some Clinton supporters have accused (rather baselessly) of serving as a spoiler for Clinton in 2016. Stein got around 1 percent of the vote in the three decisive states — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — but exit polls showed most of her voters wouldn’t have supported either Clinton or Trump if Stein weren’t running.
Clinton then flat-out labeled Stein a “Russian asset.”
“And that’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not because she’s also a Russian asset,” Clinton said. “Yeah, she’s a Russian asset — I mean, totally. They know they can’t win without a third-party candidate. So I don’t know who it’s going to be, but I will guarantee you they will have a vigorous third-party challenge in the key states that they most needed.”
Despite being thoroughly debunked by Mueller and a team of lawyers (many of whom either represented Clinton in the past or donated money to her campaign), Clinton thinks Trump is a Russian asset too:
“I don’t know what Putin has on him, whether it’s both personal and financial,” Clinton said. “I assume it is.”
She then switched gears: “But more than that, there is this bizarre adulation Trump has for dictators and authoritarians. He dreams of being able to order people to do things and make them do it. He has no democratic instincts, really.”
The idea that Russia had information on Trump that provided leverage over him was a key, unproven claim in the Steele dossier, a document consisting of allegations involving Trump and Russia that was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
Steele’s research was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Democrats have often speculated that it’s possible this claim is true, but they have generally shied away from directly endorsing it.
I mean, really, it’s hard to tell if she’s just some bitter old woman or if she needs a pharmaceutical intervention and a padded room. But good grief, what an absolute crank.