Russian assets stick together: Bernie Sanders defends Tulsi Gabbard

So last week, a podcast came out where Hillary Clinton said that unnamed Democrat running for president was being groomed by Republicans to run as a third party candidate in order to secure Trump's re-election for Putin's benefit, if Russian asset Jill Stein would vacate that coveted slot.

Again, Hillary Clinton did not say in the original interview who that Democrat was. But as soon as it was out, Tulsi Gabbard lost her marbles and started yelling NOT ME! to anyone who would listen, especially her favorite newstainment host, white supremacist Tucker Carlson of Fox News. She has not stopped fuming ever since, and her backers - actually, more accurately, Clinton's detractors - have pointed to her military uniform as proof that she could not possibly be a foreign asset.

Because you know, no one remembers Oliver North or Mike Flynn.

Hillary Clinton is of course, right about Tulsi Gabbard, and you do not need a security clearance to figure that out. Evidence of Gabbard's connection to Putin's Russia is significant mounting in the public domain. We have chronicled some of this evidence on the mothership at The People's View, and among these are Gabbard's budding friendship with Syrian dictator and Putin proxy Bashaar Al-Assad, Russian bot and propaganda networks working to promote Gabbard, and of course, the fact that Tulsi Gabbard found and hired the one DC consulting firm that was paid to trash the Magnitsky Act (it allows the US to sanction Russian oligarchs and prevent them from using the US banking system). Paid by whom? Paid by Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who offered dirt on Hillary to Trump Jr.

But yeah, I'm sure this is all a coincidence. Like Tulsi herself says, she's doesn't control her Russian benefactors (though we can't say that they don't control her)!

What does all this have to do with Bernie Sanders? Gabbard a former supporter of Bernie's (and has red-hot hatred for Sanders's arch-nemesis Hillary Clinton), and Bernie has just today decided to return the favor by defending Gabbard against the very credible public evidence that she is a Russian asset.

So, first of all, no.

And second of all, this is as good a time as any to point out some of Bernie's own Russia connections. After all, we believe in full disclosure, right?

Tad Devine, Pro-Russia Political Strategist: Bernie Sanders's chief strategist for the 2016 campaign, Tad Devine, also worked for pro-Russia Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych both pre and post Yanukovych's successful 2010 presidential campaign, until Yanukovych was ousted by the Ukrainian parliament and fled to Russia in 2012. Devine's partner in that campaign was none other than Donald Trump's former campaign chair and felon convicted in the Trump-Russia scandal, Paul Manafort. Devine was so close to Manafort's work for Russia that prosecutors called him to testify in Manafort's trial!

Interestingly, Devine produced Bernie's 2020 launch video and continued to work for him until he was let go shortly after his testimony in the Manafort case.

The Mueller Report was absolutely clear on who the Russian favorites were in 2016, and it wasn't just Donald Trump. Directions came down from the Kremlin-directed "Internet Research Agency" (also indicted by Mueller) that Hillary Clinton was the number one target but other candidates should also be criticized, except, and this is a quote, "except Sanders and Trump - we support them."

Connection to RT: During the 2016 primary, not only did the Kremlin propaganda channel RT provide Sanders fawning coverage, Bernie Sanders gave them at least three interviews himself. Vladimir Putin himself attended RT's 10th anniversary dinner and was seated at a table with Jill Stein of the Green party and Donald Trump's first National Security Advisor, Mike Flynn. In 2017, RT registered in the US as a foreign agent.

WikiLeaks: Russian-backed WikiLeaks chose opportune moments to selectively release DNC emails stolen by Russians to benefit Sanders and Trump, and although the emails showed nothing incriminatory, Bernie Sanders took every opportunity - as much as Donald Trump did - to use them to bash the Democratic National Committee and to make it look like the Democratic primary in 2016, in which Hillary Clinton trounched him by 4-million votes, was "stolen from him.

Bernie supporters were easy targets for Russians: Bernie supporters were key targets of Russian social media election influence operation, and that has been proven by many research organizations. “I think there is no question that Sanders was central to their strategy. He was clearly used as a mechanism to decrease voter turnout for Hillary Clinton,” said one researcher from Clemson University. The research was part of an extensive article in the Washington Post chronicling Bernie Sanders's role as a Russian asset, witting or not.

Bernie Sanders repeatedly voted against Russian sanctions: Bernie is all about quid pro quo, I mean, returning the favor.

Sanders voted against the Magnitsky Act in 2012 - a law that allows the United States to keep Russian oligarchs from using the US banking system and sanction them while Russian aggression around the world continues. It was the Magnitsky Act that famed Russian lawyer with dirt on Hillary Clinton, Natalia Veselnitskaya, reportedly really wanted to get rid of in her meeting with Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner at Trump tower. Interestingly, Tulsi Gabbard's "crisis communications" consultant is the same one who was paid by Veselnitskaya to trash the Magnitsky Act.

Sanders reveresed course on the Magnitsky Act in 2015 before he ran for president, but went missing when Democrats tried to prevent Trump from lifting sanctions on Russia. Requiring 60 votes to pass, the measure got only 57, meaning Bernie Sanders's vote - and a little elbow grease - could have been crucial to passage.

In June of 2017, Congress voted overwhelmingly to impose sanctions on Russia and Iran. The vote in the Senate was 98-2. The two 'Nay' votes? Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders.

I don't know about you, but right now, Bernies defense of Tulsi sure looks like one Russian asset covering for another after the person Russia fears the most, Hillary Clinton, blew their cover.

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