Since announcing her run for the Presidency, Hawaiian Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D) has faced more contention that support within the Democratic party. Recently, the veteran has increased her criticism of Hillary Clinton (D), and this week she released a statement regarding a defamation lawsuit aimed against the former Secretary of State and Presidential candidate.
In the statement, Gabbard asserts, “I love our country.”
She details her time served in the military, reminding that she enlisted “in the Army National Guard after the attack on our country on 9/11.” Since then, she has “served as a soldier now for 17 years.”
Then, the controversial Presidential candidate takes aim at Clinton, arguing that “despite my lifetime of service to our country, Hillary Clinton has essentially tried to portray me as a traitor to our country.” This, is a political attack that fellow Democrats have also taken against the Hawaiian Rep., criticizing her for being “Russian bought.”
She continues by declaring that “if Hillary Clinton and her allies can successfully destroy my reputation – even though I’m a war veteran and a sitting member of Congress – then they can do it to anybody.”
Moreover, she noted that “that’s exactly the message that Hillary and her powerful elite friends want to send to you.”
In an act of defense, Gabbard is fighting back, saying that she “will not allow this blatant effort to intimidate me or other patriotic Americans into silence” to “go unchallenged.”
In filing the lawsuit against the controversial Clinton, Gabbard called for Americans “to stand with me, working side by side, to ensure we have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”