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Jill Stein Challenges Hillary To Debate After "Russian Asset" Smear
10-19-2019, 06:09 PM,
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Jill Stein Challenges Hillary To Debate After "Russian Asset" Smear
Jill Stein Challenges Hillary To Debate After "Russian Asset" Smear

<span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Jill Stein Challenges Hillary To Debate After "Russian Asset" Smear</span>

<div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/18/jill-stein-challenges-hillary-clinton-debate-after-russian-asset-smear"><em>Authored by Eoin Higgins via CommonDreams.org,</em></a></p>

<p>Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday made the baseless claim that Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party's 2016 nominee for president, was a Russian agent—an allegation that was met with derision from Stein and an invitation to debate. </p>

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<p><em><strong>"In light of the latest slanderous allegations from Hillary Clinton, I challenge her to a debate," </strong></em>tweeted Stein.</p>

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<p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en" xml:lang="en">In light of the latest slanderous allegations from <a href="https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HillaryClinton</a>, I challenge her to a debate. It's past time to give the American people the real debate they deserved in 2016, but were denied by the phony DNC/RNC-controlled Commission on Presidential Debates. <a href="https://t.co/OvvEjJ9sMx">https://t.co/OvvEjJ9sMx</a></p>
— Dr. Jill Stein? (@DrJillStein) <a href="https://twitter.com/DrJillStein/status/1185261884477464586?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 18, 2019</a></blockquote>
<script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><em><strong>"It's a shame HRC is peddling conspiracy theories to justify her failure instead of reflecting on real reasons Dems lost in 2016," </strong></em>Stein <a href="https://twitter.com/DrJillStein/status/1185267096034435073">added</a>.</p>
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<p>Clinton, who lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump, made the comments in an interview with David Plouffe on his Campaign HQ podcast.</p>

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<p><em><strong>"She's a Russian asset," </strong></em>said Clinton.</p>

<p><em><strong>"I mean, totally."</strong></em></p>
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<p>The former secretary of state also claimed that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), a hopeful for the Democratic nomination in 2020, was compromised by Russia. </p>

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<p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en" xml:lang="en">Hillary Clinton doesn't just predict the Russians will support Tulsi Gabbard as a third-party candidate; she also calls Jill Stein "a Russian asset -- I mean totally."<br /><br />
Full context: <a href="https://t.co/a5wZeCKWsd">pic.twitter.com/a5wZeCKWsd</a></p>
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) <a href="https://twitter.com/AaronBlake/status/1185196559941722113?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 18, 2019</a></blockquote>
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<p><em><strong>"She's the favorite of the Russians," </strong></em>said Clinton, who also claimed that Gabbard is being set up to run third party. "They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far."</p>
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<p>The comments didn't sit well with Noah Schachtman, editor-in-chief of <em>The Daily Beast</em>.</p>

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<p><strong>"I hope Hillary has solid evidence for this," </strong><a href="https://twitter.com/NoahShachtman/status/1185193815319154688">said</a> Shachtman.<em><strong> </strong></em></p>

<p><em><strong>"Otherwise, it's an incredibly fucked up thing for someone of her stature to just blurt out."</strong></em></p>
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<p><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/10/18/hillary-clinton-suggests-putin-has-kompromat-trump-russians-will-back-tulsi-gabbard-third-party-bid/">According to</a> <em>The Washington Post</em>, Clinton has yet to back up her remarks:</p>

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<p>Clinton did not provide any evidence for her claim, though a spokesman later insisted to <em>CNN</em>, "This is not some outlandish claim; this is reality."</p>
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<p>Progressives responded to Clinton's conspiracy theories with ridicule.</p>

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<p><em><strong>"Hillary's comments about Tulsi just make totally clear how ridiculous the Russia conspiracy crowd has become,"</strong></em> <a href="https://twitter.com/krystalball/status/1185244585137790977">said</a> journalist Krystal Ball.</p>
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<p><em>Grayzone</em> journalist Aaron Maté <a href="https://twitter.com/aaronjmate/status/1185253015432900608">called</a> Clinton's comments "vile" and centered them in the context of the broader narrative of Democrats smearing opponents as "Russian dupes."</p>

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<p><em><strong>"The delusion runs deep," </strong></em>said Maté.</p>
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<p>As <em>The Intercept</em>'s Glenn Greenwald <a href="https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1185228435402252293">pointed out</a>, Clinton herself is no stranger to conspiracy theory slurs.</p>

<p>"This is on the level of those who accused Hillary of murdering Vince Foster and running a drug ring out of that Mena runway," said Greenwald.<em><strong> "It's unhinged and shameful—but completely in line with standard Democratic tactics."</strong></em></p>
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