Once of the most talked-about moments from Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate was Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s beat-down of California Sen. Kamala Harris.
Now, some liberals, terrified that an anti-establishment outsider like Gabbard might be hurting Harris, are claiming without evidence that Gabbard is only receiving attention online due to Russians “bots,” or fake social media accounts run by Russians looking to interfere in the 2020 election.
Here’s the moment everyone was talking about. Gabbard, as RealClearPolitics pointed out, went after Harris’ aggressive record as a prosecutor in California.
“Now Senator Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor and that she’ll be a prosecutor president,” Gabbard said.
“But I’m deeply concerned about this record,” she added. “There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.
“She blocked evidence — she blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so. She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California.”
Watch the full exchange below:
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) August 1, 2019
In the aftermath of the debate, “#KamalaHarrisDestroyed” started trending on Twitter. And liberals just couldn’t take it.
Instead of accepting the fact that some people actually liked what Gabbard had to say, plenty of leftists claimed Russia was promoting her candidacy.
Russian bots are trending #KamalaHarrisDestroyed, but guess who self-destroyed by defending Putin and attacking Mueller before his report and testimony were public?
That’s right: @TulsiGabbard
Come at me, Congresswoman. Explain your lovefest for Assad?pic.twitter.com/1K9X9DDt5P
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) August 1, 2019
Most of #KamalaHarrisDestroyed tweets are coming from Trumps MAGA and Russian bots, like I said yesterday Kamala Harris is the Front Runner not Joe Biden. This is the clearest indication of whom Putin and Trump are both scared of. #DemDebate #DemocraticDebate2020 pic.twitter.com/bWE47HBrHy
— #ObamaBestEver (@lordxmen2k) August 1, 2019
Beware the Russian bots and their promotion of Tulsi Gabbard and sowing racial dischord, especially around Kamala Harris.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) August 1, 2019
Russian bots are promoting Tulsi.
She is 2020’s Jill Stein. pic.twitter.com/i6mPVQ7Yt1
— Dear Friend (@diannemando) August 1, 2019
Tulsi is 2020’s Jill Stein. A fraudulent, Vladimir Putin approved spoiler. Putin took Tulsi, an American soldier, and turned her into a Trojan Horse, his own #SiberianCandidate.
Evidence? Putin’s bots and paid for shills are pushing #KamalaHarrisDestroyed …
— Mattison (@Mattison) August 1, 2019
The #KamalaHarrisDestroyed hashtag is primarily MAGA supporters and bots.
That, plus further researching Tulsi Gabbard has me pretty convinced that Tulsi is a plant for the right and the 2020 version of Jill Stein.
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) August 1, 2019
It wasn’t just liberals.
“Most of the Tulsi supporters are in Russia,” anti-Trump GOP strategist Rick Wilson tweeted.
Most of the Tulsi supporters are in Russia, so it’s almost quittin’ time. You’ll get a break until the night shift comes in. https://t.co/gatSp1P9NP
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) August 1, 2019
Of course, there’s no evidence that Russian bots are propping up Gabbard’s candidacy. It’s far more likely that progressives who are afraid Gabbard’s message is resonating with Democratic voters are turning back to their favorite bogeyman — Russia.
They tried this with President Donald Trump over the past two years, to no avail. Now, Russia-obsessed liberals have a new target.
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