On the very day Democratic presidential contender Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said that The New York Times and CNN were smearing veterans like herself because she opposes the "regime change" war in Syria, CNN analyst Bakari Sellers told a panel of CNN reporters "there is no question that Tulsi Gabbard ... is a puppet for the Russian government."
On CNN New Day, Oct. 15 -- the day of the Democratic presidential debate hosted by CNN and The New York Times -- CNN contributor Bakari Sellers said, "I firmly believe that Tulsi Gabbard stands on that stage and is the antithesis to what the other 11 individuals stand for, especially when it comes to issues such as foreign policy."
"There is no question, there is no question that Tulsi Gabbard, of all the 12, is a puppet for the Russian government," said Sellers, a lawyer and former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.
"[T]here is a chance that Tulsi is not just working for the United States," he also said, adding, "That's not just an allegation." Sellers, however, did not produce any evidence to back up his claim.
That evening at the debate, Gabbard said there are many people in "the mainstream media, who have been championing and cheerleading this regime change war" in Syria.
"Not only that, but the 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," she added. "Completely despicable."
Last week, Democrat Hillary Clinton, who lost to Donald Trumpin in the 2016 presidential race, described Gabbard as "the favorite of the Russians," and claimed that the Russians were "grooming" Gabbard "to be the third-party candidate."
Clinton, like CNN and Bakari Sellers, presented no evidence to support her claim.
From late 2016 and through 2017, 2018, and part of 2019, Hillary Clinton and most of the liberal media either claimed or strongly suggested that President Donald Trump had colluded with Russia to win the presidential election.
The report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded, “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”