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‘Some Of You Have Accused Me Of Being A Traitor’: Tulsi Gabbard Lays Into ‘The View’



Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard pulled no punches Wednesday when she joined ABC’s “The View,” calling out the show’s hosts for suggesting she was a “traitor.”

Whoopi Goldberg introduced the 2020 presidential hopeful and attempted to begin the segment with a question about the recent testimony of U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland, but Gabbard was not having it.

Referencing Sondland’s recently-updated testimony, Goldberg turned to Gabbard and asked, “Were you surprised by what he did yesterday?”

“Well, look. The facts are important, and we’ll get to that. I want to start with something that I think is also important about facts because recently on your show here — some of you have accused me of being a traitor to my country, a Russian asset, a Trojan horse or —” Gabbard began.

“We haven’t accused you,” Joy Behar protested. 

“‘Useful idiot’ I think is the term that you used,” Gabbard pushed back.

“That’s a Russian term. They used that,” Behar argued, in spite of the fact that on October 21 she had used that exact term to describe Gabbard. “I don’t say that Tulsi is an agent. I just think that she could be a useful idiot the way Trump is a useful idiot to the Russians,” she said.

“I want to let your viewers know exactly who I am,” Gabbard said, noting that the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center had inspired her to put on a uniform. “Set the record straight. I am a patriot. I love our country. I am a strong and intelligent woman of color, and I have dedicated almost my entire adult life to protecting the safety, the security and the freedom of all Americans in this country.”

“Well, I guess we’re getting a little bit far ahead of ourselves, but Franklin Graham finds uh-you refreshing,” Behar challenged Gabbard again. “He doesn’t find me refreshing. The white nationalist leader says he can vote for you. You were on ‘Tucker Carlson’ at least ten times. Why didn’t you go on Chris Wallace?”

“This is why I’m here. Because you and other people continue to spread these innuendos that have nothing to do with who I am,” Gabbard insisted.

“Well, Hillary Clinton started it,” Behar pushed back. “And then you shot back at her, boy. You called her the Queen of warmongers.”

“You doubled down — unfortunately you doubled down on the baseless accusations that she made that strikes at the core of who I am,” Gabbard replied. “I’m a soldier. Because of the attacks on 9/11, I enlisted in the military to go after and defeat and destroy the evil that visited us on that day.”

The show then cut to footage of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who referred to 2016 Green Party candidate Jill Stein as a “Russian asset” and hinted that the Russians were “grooming” Gabbard to be a potential third-party spoiler.

“Really?” Gabbard asked. “I mean, this is outrageous. This is outrageous, and offensive on so many levels.”


A version of this story appears on the Daily Caller website.

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  • Stephen Russell says:

    & View didnt bother to see her stance on issues, Bad optics but thats The View

  • upc says:

    Tulsi made bahar look like the fool that she is and displays every day. I’m a conservative independent and I could go with Tulsi for taking on the drama queens on the view.

  • andy says:

    WHY IS THE VIEW STILL ON????????????

    • Sunflower Surfer says:

      Because it is a radical left leaning waste of time but ABC has to satisfy the Left someway. Certainly not content of the show itself,

  • JerryV says:

    I am a staunch Trumper, but I’m beginning to like some of the stuff I’m hearing from this lady. I need to look into it closer and dig a little deeper, but so far our agree with most of what she says.

  • William Conley says:

    It’s nice that she’s upset about what was said but she’s still in the wrong party. I wonder if she understands the party she’s part of would have loved her mother to abort her at a “planned” Parenthood. I wonder if she’s had it sink in yet you’re either blindingly loyal to hiliary and whatever other lunacy the Democratic party tossed out, or you’re the enemy that they will do their best to crush. Hell look at Bernie he wanted it bad in 2016 but he wasn’t qualified for their agenda of identity politics. They just had a black man for 8 years since they couldn’t find a black woman up to snuff they ran with the only “female” they could find hiliary. Then they lost so now it’s back to just trying to find the most left leaning bullshit they can come up with hoping it’ll fool the morons that compromise their base. They don’t question who pays for all this “free” stuff they just thrust their hands out screaming gimme gimme gimme. I think it’s past time people who haven’t worked a day in their lives or who consistent entirely off of welfare don’t have a right to vote anymore. Of course they’ll vote for all this free shit when they’ve never had to work a damn day to fund any of it. Why exactly should I have to provide a living for some lazy likely drug addict to sit on their ass, and neglect their horde of children they aren’t my responsibility or society’s. Everyone capable of performing even the most basic of tasks should be responsible for their own survival. Now if they are literally mentally or physically unable then sure I’m ok with them being taken care of on my some. Regardless of how I feel though that should be every single citizens choice not something left up to majority rules. Why is it so hard to just let everyone vote and if they vote no then they don’t get taxed for it? If it defunds the programs that’s a shame but how is that fair to everyone?

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