Yang defends Gabbard: She 'deserves much more respect'

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangDoctor who allegedly assaulted Evelyn Yang arrested on federal charges The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden weighs in on police shootings | Who's moderating the debates | Trump trails in post-convention polls Buttigieg launches his own podcast MORE voiced support for fellow candidate Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardRepublicans call on DOJ to investigate Netflix over 'Cuties' film Hispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses slate of non-Hispanic candidates Gabbard says she 'was not invited to participate in any way' in Democratic convention MORE (D-Hawaii) late Friday amid her feud with Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Warning signs flash for Lindsey Graham in South Carolina MORE.

The tech entrepreneur tweeted that the Hawaii congresswoman and military veteran "deserves much more respect and thanks than this."

"She literally just got back from serving our country abroad," Yang wrote, referring to Gabbard returning to the campaign trail in late August after completing active-duty service.

Gabbard, a major in the Hawaii National Guard, served two tours in Iraq, most recently in 2005.

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Yang voiced support for Gabbard after the long-shot candidate fired back at Clinton for suggesting in a podcast interview on Friday that she was a "Russian asset."

Gabbard hit back at Clinton in a series of tweets, calling the former secretary of State "the queen of warmongers" and "personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party."

She also directly challenged Clinton to join the Democratic primary race.

The Hawaii congressman on Saturday continued to blast Clinton for suggesting she was being groomed by Russia, calling on her "to come out from behind her proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media, and face me directly."