(Liberty Bell) – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard became an unusual phenomenon during the early race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, coming out as a strong proponent of free speech and even daring to do the unthinkable, take on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she launched an assault on Gabbard by referring to her as a Russian asset.
Conservatives began to hold her up as a distant hero of sorts, applauding her efforts to take down Clinton and fight back against Big Tech censorship. Unfortunately, Gabbard wasn’t able to pull enough support to really give her a fighting chance in the primary race.
However, Gabbard did file a defamation lawsuit against Clinton for her remarks, so folks were still throwing support behind her and her efforts to dismantle the failed presidential candidate and remind her that she’s not above the law.
Well, prepare to be disappointed. Gabbard has now officially dropped her lawsuit against Hillary Clinton.
Here are the detail from BizPacReview:
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard relented in her defamation case against Hillary Clinton, dropping the lawsuit because she thought there were more important issues to focus on.
The former 2020 Democratic presidential contender filed papers in a New York federal court on Wednesday, formally dropping the lawsuit which she brought against the former secretary of state in January.
Gabbard’s attorney Dan Terzian noted in the court filing to withdraw the lawsuit that his client’s case still had “legal merit” but that “righting the wrongs” would have to take a back seat to the current coronavirus pandemic and the goal of defeating President Donald Trump in November’s election.
“While they remain certain of the action’s legal merit, they are just as certain that this new COVID and post-COVID world require them to focus their time and attention on other priorities,” Terzian wrote, “including defeating Donald Trump in 2020, rather than righting the wrongs here,” Terzian wrote, according to Reuters.
Gabbard was seeking over $50 million in damages in the lawsuit against Clinton. The Hawaii Democrat accused Hillary of “deliberately and maliciously” pushing out false statements about her in an attempt to “derail” her presidential campaign. Clinton seemed to indicate that she believed that Gabbard was a “favorite of the Russians” and even went on to suggest that members of the GOP were taking steps to “groom” her for a third-party presidential bid.
“She’s the favorite of the Russians, they have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far, and that’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not, because she’s also a Russian asset. Yeah, she’s a Russian asset, I mean totally,” Clinton told David Plouffe, a former adviser to President Obama, during the October podcast interview.
“They know they can’t win without a third-party candidate,” she added, referring to Stein who was the 2016 Green Party, presidential candidate.
Clinton didn’t specifically name drop Gabbard during the comments.
“In October 2019—whether out of personal animus, political enmity, or fear of real change within a political party Clinton and her allies have long dominated—Clinton lied about her perceived rival Tulsi Gabbard. She did so publicly, unambiguously, and with obvious malicious intent,” the lawsuit read. “Tulsi has been harmed by Clinton’s lies—and American democracy has suffered as well.”
The suit also contended that there was “no factual basis for Clinton’s conspiracy theory” and claimed the former first lady is a “cutthroat politician” who “sought retribution” for Gabbard’s 2016 endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s rival in the Democratic primary.
A lot of folks were disappointed with Gabbard’s decision to drop the suit, saying she’s just using the coronavirus to back out of the ordeal. Others theorized that she had been “brought to heel” by Clinton and other members of the Democratic Party.
Shes been brought to heel. Theres no hope of any of these politicians changing anything without demands from the public yellow vest style
— KGB General (@django_stiglitz) May 27, 2020
One has to wonder if Hillary Clinton will ever be held accountable for the things she’s done in her lengthy political career. It certainly doesn’t seem like it.
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