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Van Jones: Hillary Clinton Smeared Tulsi Gabbard "With No Facts," Gabbard Getting "Payback Hell" For 2016

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ERIN BURNETT, CNN HOST: Tonight, Hillary Clinton pushes her own Russia conspiracy theory. In a recent podcast, Clinton says Russians are grooming a between 2020 presidential contender. That candidate is Tulsi Gabbard.

Here is Hillary Clinton.





(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

CLINTON: I'm not making any prediction, but I think they've got their eye on someone who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate. She's a favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far, and that's assuming Jill Stein might give it up, but she might not because she's also a Russian asset.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

BURNETT: OK. Just a fact, huh? Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian asset and Jill Stein is a Russian asset.

OUTFRONT now, Van Jones, host of "THE VAN JONES SHOW".

So, that's how she puts it out there. I mean --

VAN JONES, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: She's playing a very dangerous game. Hillary Clinton, if you're concerned about this information and to spread disinformation, that is what just happened, just throw out some information, disinformation, smear somebody.

She is Hillary Clinton. She's a legend. She's going to be in the history books and she's a former nominee of our party and she just came out against a sitting U.S. congresswoman, a decorated war veteran and someone running for the nomination of our party with a complete smear and no facts.

BURNETT: She called hear a Russian asset as a fact. And as you point out, a sitting U.S. congresswoman.

JONES: A sitting U.S. congresswoman.

Now, this is not -- this is a very, very dangerous game, and there is a back story and there are two sides to every story. Let's not forget, Tulsi Gabbard was picked out by the Democratic Party and put at the top of the DNC. They thought she was going to be their golden girl.

And she got that position and she looked around and saw Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other people, Clinton allies, doing stuff they shouldn't be doing in the primary and Tulsi publicly quit and endorsed Bernie Sanders, and it's been payback hell ever since.

BURNETT: And that's why we are here.

JONES: Payback hell ever since.

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