Beto O’Rourke defend Tulsi Gabbard when asked about Hillary Clinton’s claim that Russia is “grooming” the Hawaii congresswoman to be a third-party spoiler candidate.
.@BetoORourke on @TulsiGabbard: “Tulsi is not being groomed by anyone. She is her own person. Obviously has served this country, continues to serve this country in uniform, in Congress, as a candidate for presidency so I think those facts speak for themselves.” pic.twitter.com/dKnOVExx3H
— The Hill (@thehill) October 19, 2019
Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of state, indirectly mentioned Gabbard in a podcast released on Friday when discussing challenges that the 2020 nominee could face.
“They are also going to do third party again,” Clinton, 71, said. “I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate. She is a favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far. That’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not because she is also a Russian asset.”