Rep. Gabbard Won't Call Syria's Assad a US Adversary

Rep. Gabbard Won't Call Syria's Assad a US Adversary

News published a story late Friday claiming the Russian propaganda machine had started its 2020 campaign by publishing support for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), who declared last month she would seek the presidency. Elected back in 2012, she is the first Samoan-American member and the first Hindu member of the United States Congress.

Since Gabbard announced her intention to run on January 11, there have been at least 20 Gabbard stories on three major Moscow-based English-language websites affiliated with or supportive of the Russian government: RT, the Russian-owned TV outlet; Sputnik News, a radio outlet; and Russia Insider, a blog that experts say closely follows the Kremlin line.

"Join me in putting this spirit of service above self at the forefront and stand up against the forces of greed and corruption", she said, according to Reuters.

Early polling shows the declared candidates all trailing behind the two heavyweights who have yet to announce whether they are running: former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who ran Hillary Clinton close for the 2016 nomination.

In a tweet, Gabbard said NBC "used journalistic fraud to discredit our campaign".

She made waves recently for saying in a tweet that President Trump is "Saudi Arabia's bitch" for announcing the USA will stand with Saudi Arabia, regardless of any intelligence community assessment on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's involvement in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Duke also endorsed Trump for president in 2016. She met with Assad in 2017.

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Gabbard did not seem fazed by criticism of her position on Syria following the interview.

During Wednesday's "Morning Joe" on MSNBC, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) lashed out at NBC News for running a report saying the same Russian Federation propaganda machine that tried to hack the 2016 presidential election is backing Gabbard's 2020 run.

Gabbard's announcement was carried live via Internet but most major corporate-owned media outlets ignored her campaign kickoff, in stark contrast to the coverage of Wall Street favorites in the presidential contest.

The nominee will likely face Republican President Donald Trump in November's general election. The sudden reveal reportedly came as a shock to the congresswoman's team, sending it rushing to firm up her campaign's infrastructure including its website and publicity. The Nation also slammed Gabbard's skepticism of Assad's use of chemical weapons.

In the spring of 2017, Gabbard said she had stopped accepting defense industry money.

The congresswoman later said US troops should not be in Syria. The rest of the Democrats will be accusing each other of deviationism over trivialities.

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