NBC News has discovered the latest traitor hiding among us, and it’s none other than Democrat Representative Tulsi Gabbard, who just happens to be a threat to Kamala Harris’ run for the presidency:
The Russian propaganda machine that tried to influence the 2016 U.S. election is now promoting the presidential aspirations of a controversial Hawaii Democrat who earlier this month declared her intention to run for president in 2020.
An NBC News analysis of the main English-language news sites employed by Russia in its 2016 election meddling shows Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is set to make her formal announcement Saturday, has become a favorite of the sites Moscow used when it interfered in 2016.
Several experts who track websites and social media linked to the Kremlin have also seen what they believe may be the first stirrings of an upcoming Russian campaign of support for Gabbard.
Since Gabbard announced her intention to run on Jan. 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. The CIA has called RT and Sputnik part of “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine.”
While some of her stances appeal to the left, she has also angered the party’s liberal base with her past positions on same sex marriage, abortion and guns. Just weeks after Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton, she met with the president-elect at Trump Tower.
But Gabbard’s most controversial position and the one where she’s most in line with Russian interests is on Syria. She’s accused the U.S. of pushing a policy of “regime change” wars and in January 2017, she met with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in Syria on what she called a “fact-finding mission.”
Since 2017, I have been arguing that Kamala Harris is the presumptive nominee for the Democrats, and the Democrat party bosses are making very sure that she will have a smooth and uninterrupted path to the nomination. She is strongly backed by the SJW faction of the party, and that faction has the only voice which matters in the Democrats right now. The remnants of the Clinton wing will likely unite around Joe Biden, who will be forced to bow out once #MeToo goes after him.
The Democrats do not want another “Bernie Sanders” or “Jill Stein” to happen, both of who were blamed for causing for Hillary’s defeat. Last year, I wrote about how the Democrats pursued a vendetta against Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders by repeatedly smearing them as traitors controlled by Russia, and the #NeverTrump Republicans in Congress even helped the Democrats do this.
The Democrats are worried about another Bernie-like upset, because recent polling shows Democrat voters want a more moderate candidate, and not a rabid SJW like Kamala. Gabbard is clearly more moderate than the SJWs would like, and she is also for ending US involvement in Syria. Democrats AND Republicans are both absolutely obsessed with Syria for reasons I have never understood.
It’s pretty clear the formula going forward will be to claim any Democrat who can’t be easily destroyed will be smeared as a traitor to Russia, and could face FBI investigations and harassment like Sanders and Stein did.
Glenn Greenwald has an article in The Intercept making it clear the accusations against Gabbard are without substance, and that furthermore, there is no way NBC doesn’t know the accusations are substanceless:
But the whole story was a sham: the only “experts” cited by NBC in support of its key claim was the firm, New Knowledge, that just got caught by the New York Times fabricating Russian troll accounts on behalf of the Democratic Party in the Alabama Senate race to manufacture false accusations that the Kremlin was interfering in that election.
What NBC – amazingly – concealed is a fact that reveals its article to be a journalistic fraud: that same firm, New Knowledge, was caught just six weeks ago engaging in a massive scam to create fictitious Russian troll accounts on Facebook and Twitter in order to claim that the Kremlin was working to defeat Democratic Senate nominee Doug Jones in Alabama. The New York Times, when exposing the scam, quoted a New Knowledge report that boasted of its fabrications: “We orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the [Roy] Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet.’”
Even worse, Morgan’s firm is behind one of the recent Senate reports on Russian social media election interference as well as the creation of “Hamilton 68,” the pseudo-data-driven dashboard constantly used by U.S. media outlets to claim that its enemies are supported by the Kremlin (that tool has so been abused that even some of its designers urged the media to stop exaggerating its meaning). During the Alabama race, Morgan – in a tweet he deleted once his fraud was exposed – cited the #Hamilton68 data that he himself manipulated with his fake Russian accounts to claim that Russia was interfering in the Alabama Senate race:
While it could mean a tougher re-election road for Trump if Gabbard or Schultz or some other moderate ends up as the Democrat candidate, I would rather see that happen than see the SJWs maintain their control of one of the two major US political parties.