Rep. Tulsi Gabbard responded to an accusation from Hillary Clinton that she is a "Russian asset" in this video tweeted by her campaign on Sunday.
REP. TULSI GABBARD: People warned me in 2016 that my endorsement of Bernie Sanders would be the end of my "political carer." They said Hillary Clinton would never forget and that she and her rich and powerful friends, her allies in politics and the media, will make sure you are destroyed.
Well, there have been countless hit pieces full of smears against me from day one of this campaign. They've tried to destroy my reputation and my lifetime of service because I stood up to them. I've spent over 16 years of my life proudly serving in the Army National Guard. I still serve as a major today. I volunteered to deploy to the Middle East twice. I've served in Congress now for nearly seven years, serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Armed Services Committee, the Homeland Security Committee, and I am not afraid to openly express my love for our country.
But if they can falsely portray me as a traitor, then they can do it to anyone. And, in fact, that is exactly the message they want to get across to you, that if you stand up against Hillary and the party power brokers, if you stand up to the rich and powerful elites and the war machine, they will destroy you and discredit your message.
But here is the truth. They will not intimidate us. They will not silence us. We are not here just to protest their corruption. I am running for president to take the Democratic Party and our country back from the corrupt elite. I'm running for president to bring about a new Democratic Party and new leadership that will fight for peace, fight for the people, and protect our planet.
So I want to ask every single one of you to join me in speaking truth to power. Don't be afraid. Let's root out the corruption in our party and our country. Join me to end the war machine's stranglehold over our leaders and ensure that our government is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Gabbard tweeted the following response on Saturday:
Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a ...— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) October 18, 2019
... powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose.— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) October 18, 2019
It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.