WASHINGTON — Here’s an emoji you might have missed during Wednesday’s presidential debate hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post: 💯
That was the message sent via Twitter by President Donald Trump’s campaign after U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard attacked her own party during the Democratic debate.
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard at the Democratic Party debate in Atlanta.
Gabbard was asked about her recent spat with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who said in a podcast interview that Republicans were “grooming” Gabbard as a third-party spoiler candidate in 2020 and that she was “a favorite of the Russians.”
Gabbard snapped back at Clinton almost immediately, calling her “the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.”
When a debate moderator asked Gabbard on Wednesday to explain what she meant about the “rot,” she responded that it was no longer a party that is “of, by and for the people” — a comment that elicited praise from the very campaign she seeks to defeat.
Gabbard went on to say that her concerns with party were rooted in the “ongoing Bush-Clinton-Trump foreign policy doctrine of regime change wars, (and) overthrowing dictators in other countries.”
“It is a party that has been and continues to be influenced by the foreign policy establishment in Washington, represented by Hillary Clinton and others’ foreign policy, by the military industrial complex, and other greedy corporate interests,” Gabbard said.
“I’m running for president to be the Democratic nominee that rebuilds our Democratic Party, takes it out of their hands, and truly puts it in the hands of the people of this country.”
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