Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard went after the two outlets moderating Tuesday’s debate for alleging she is a Russian asset and apologist for Assad, calling it “completely despicable.”
CNN moderator Anderson Cooper asked Gabbard during Tuesday’s Democratic debate in Ohio what she would do differently regarding pulling troops out of Syria. The question came after President Donald Trump announced Oct. 6 that he would be pulling all American troops from the country, prompting bi-partisan backlash.
“Not only that, but New York Times and CNN have also smeared veterans like myself for calling for an end to this regime change war,” she said. “Just two days ago the New York Times put out an article saying that I’m a Russian asset and an Assad apologist and all these different smears. This morning a CNN commentator said on national television that I’m an asset of Russia. Completely despicable.”
“Donald Trump has the blood of the Kurds on his hand, but so do many of the politicians in our country from both parties who have supported this ongoing regime change war in Syria that started in 2011, along with many in the mainstream media who have been championing and cheer leading this regime change war,” Gabbard also said.
The Hawaii congressman ended her speech by promising that if elected president she would end the regime change wars. She also asked Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren if she would “join me in calling for an end to this regime change war in Syria, finally.” Warren appeared surprised before going on to respond.