Hillary Clinton plunged into the Democratic primary on Friday by suggesting that Russia "nurses" representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii as candidate for the presidency, an extraordinary series of tweets in which she credits Mrs. Clinton as "the queen the warmonger, the embodiment of corruption and the personification of rot that made the Democratic Party sick for so long. "
Nick Merrill, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Clinton, did not respond immediately to commentary requests.
On Twitter, he taunted Ms. Gabbard by referring to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, whom Ms Gabbard defended. Gabbard is on average less than 1
wife. Clinton made her initial statement on a podcast by David Plouffe, a former aide to President Barack Obama.
"I do not make any predictions," she said, "but I think they're keeping an eye out for someone who's currently in Democratic Primary and is training them as a third-party candidate, she's the favorite of the Russians A series of websites and bots and other ways to help them. "
In this interview, she did not mention Ms. Gabbard, but her goal was clear, to confirm that Mrs. Clinton was referring to Ms. Gabbard, Mr. said Merrill to NBC News: "If the nesting doll suits …"
Disinformation experts have repeatedly mentioned that Mrs. Gabbard of RT, the Kremlin-backed news agency, and obvious Twitter bot activity, the pro-Gabbard Reinforce messages and hashtags that have been mentioned.