Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) took a swipe at CNN on-stage, calling the network “despicable” during the Democratic presidential debate Tuesday.
Gabbard was asked about the Trump administration’s withdrawal of American troops from Syria, when she took a swipe at the network hosting the debate.
“Donald Trump has the blood of the Kurds on his hands, but so do many of the politicians in our country from both parties who have supported this ongoing regime change war in Syria that started in 2011, along with many in the mainstream media, who have been championing and cheerleading this regime change war. Not only that but, the New York Times and CNN have also smeared veterans like myself for calling for an end to this regime change war,” Gabbard said.
“Just two days ago the New York Times put out an article saying that I'm a Russian asset and an Assad apologist and all these different smears. This morning a CNN commentator said on national television that I'm an asset of Russia.
As president I will end these regime change wars by doing two things -- ending that draconian sanctions that are really a modern day siege, the like of which we are seeing Saudi Arabia wage against Yemen that have caused tens of thousands Syrian civilians to die and to starve and make sure we stop supporting terrorists like Al Qaeda in Syria who have been the groundforce in this ongoing regime change war,” Gabbard said.
In CNN’s pre-debate coverage earlier Tuesday evening, CNN’s Bakari Sellers called Gabbard “a puppet of the Russian government.”
"That's not just an allegation,” Sellers said. “I firmly believe that Tulsi Gabbard stands on that stage and is the antithesis to what the other 11 individuals stand for. Especially when it comes to issues such as foreign policy," Sellers explained. "There is no question that Tulsi Gabbard, of all the 12, is a puppet for the Russian government."