Hawaii Congresswoman and DNC 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard has heavily gone on the offence against former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she publicly accused both Gabbard and Green Party leader Jill Stein of being “Russian assets”.
Failed Presidential candidate Clinton shocked and stunned swathes of Democrat voters with the “unhinged” and “vile” claims that led to many questioning her grip on reality.
Whether from a position of supreme Russiaphobia, the flailing of a dying neoliberal ideology or a personal bitterness over the 2016 Presidential election, many have seen the comments as the final straw from Clinton.
“People warned me in 2016 that my endorsement of Bernie Sanders would be the end of my ‘political career. They said, ‘Clinton will never forget,’ that she and her rich and powerful friends, her allies in politics and the media will make sure that you are destroyed.”Tulsi Gabbard
Gabbard aimed both barrels at the “rich, powerful elite” of the Clinton cabal, accusing them of hijacking the DNC and turning it into another face of the American war machine, accusing Clinton of harbouring a grudge against her for supporting Bernie Sanders in 2016.
While Clinton has successfully utilised nationalism, identity politics and outdated cold war rhetoric to remain relevant, her recent comments typify the attitude of the international neoliberal elite as they desperately attempt to quell the rising tide of support for the anti-war democratic socialism of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the United States and the likes of Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom.
Indeed, the claims that Gabbard and Stein are “traitors” and allied to Russia is completely out of the British neoliberal playbook where the anti-war Corbyn has been smeared by centrist members of his own party as a former communist agent, an antisemite, a terrorist sympathiser and somehow allied to Russia, Iran and Islamic State at the same time. It seems that no matter the country, the neoliberals have only one response – to expose their true right-wing allegiances by falling back to fake news, petty nationalism and xenophobia.
“If they can falsely portray me as a traitor then they can do it to anyone and in fact, that’s exactly the message that they want to get across to you. That if you stand up against Hillary and the party power brokers, if you stand up to the rich and powerful elite and the war machine they will destroy you and discredit your message.”Tulsi Gabbard
The feeling in the Clinton household, however, must be that they might have finally met their match, Gabbard unwilling to tow the DNC and liberal line and genuflect at the church of Hillary.
“They will not intimidate us, they will not silence us. We are not here just to protest their corruption. I am running for president to take the Democratic Party and our country back from the corrupt elite”Tulsi Gabbard
Gabbard went beyond the insanity of Clinton’s accusations and has called for the complete rebuilding of the Democratic Party, ending internal corruption, nepotism and the control of the rich and powerful elite represented by the likes of Hillary and Joe Biden.
As the backlash against Clinton and the DNC elite continues to rise, the sense that Hillary has finally gone too far cannot be ignored.
Alongside Bernie Sanders, Gabbard is one of the few candidates that offer a real vision of change, one of a Democratic Party centred on peace, the average 99% American and the imperative duty to protect the planet.
However, as the likes of Clinton become ever more marginalised and their grip on power becomes ever more tentative, these kinds of attacks will become all the more frequent. As the chosen two of “bad touch” Biden and “Hillary-lite” Warren falter, it will no doubt be Bernie Sanders who is the next target for the smear machine.