Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared at an event at the University of New Hampshire alongside Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk on Thursday where he defended Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) against smears that she is a Russian asset.
“I think it’s despicable,” Paul said of the smear campaign against Gabbard from Democratic Party elites. “Tulsi Gabbard served in the military. I’ve met her.”
“I have a bill that I co-author with her which is really controversial, it says we should not give or sell arms to terrorists,” Paul said with a smirk, poking fun at the ridiculousness of US foreign policy.
Paul went on to explain that Gabbard is a leading ally in the fight to stop the excesses of military interventionism that has backfired severely and emboldened Islamic extremists throughout the Middle East.
“During the Syrian war, there was about a billion dollars worth of humvees that ISIS was driving around in. They are US humvees. How did they get them? I don’t know. It sounds like we weren’t being careful with who we sold weapons, but I think it’s despicable what [Clinton] said about Tulsi Gabbard,” Paul added
Paul is referencing failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s comments that she made on a podcast last week. Clinton baselessly called Gabbard a Russian asset and inferred that the Russians are conspiring to help her presidential ambitions in order to split the vote and ensure a second term for President Donald Trump.
“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,” Clinton said during an appearance on former Obama adviser David Plouffe’s podcast, obviously referring to Gabbard. “She’s the favorite of the Russians.”
“They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far,” Clinton added. She also compared Gabbard to Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate in 2016 who Democrats often claim is affiliated with the Russians.
Gabbard has refused to back down, using the publicity to call Clinton the “queen of warmongers” as she snapped back at the two-time presidential loser.
Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a …
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) October 18, 2019
Gabbard has issued a video address directed to Clinton as well, urging the former first lady to “step down from [her] throne” and allow new voices promoting a better foreign policy to lead the Democratic Party.
.@HillaryClinton, your foreign policy was a disaster for our country and the world. It’s time for you to acknowledge the damage you have caused and step down from your throne. https://t.co/2cWI54lf6Y pic.twitter.com/h2fl7ox0Rv
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) October 22, 2019
Although Gabbard will soon be leaving Congress as she recently announced that she is not running for re-election in the House next year, Gabbard will assuredly remain a strong voice on behalf of non-interventionism within the national discourse for years to come.