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Any rational person who listened to Hillary Clinton’s recent suggestion that Congresswoman and combat veteran Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) was a Russian plant in the 2020 election understood it to be the ramblings of a person unglued. But on Friday, CBS Evening News touted Clinton’s baseless smears by calling them “extraordinary” and “stunning”. But come Sunday, CBS had avoided the topic while ABC and NBC were pumping the brakes and, surprisingly, calling Clinton out.
“Now to an extraordinary development in the presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton, the 2016 nominee, called Tulsi Gabbard, one of the current candidates, quote, ‘the favorite of the Russians,’” gawked failing CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell.
CBS chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes called Clinton’s claim “stunning” while repeating the smear and seemingly trying to justify the accusation on Clinton’s behalf:
On a podcast interview, Clinton said, quote, "They're grooming her to be the third party candidate. She's the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots other and ways of supporting her so far." Clinton was referring to the fact that the Hawaii congresswoman gets a lot of attention from Kremlin-linked media, just as Green Party candidate Jill Stein did back in 2016.
Cordes described Gabbard’s understandably angry response as the Congresswoman “lashed back” and “accusing Clinton of trying to ‘destroy’ her reputation and calling Clinton, quote, ‘The queen of warmongers, the embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.’”