Gabbard accuses Joy Behar of spreading 'innuendos' about her

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardPoll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire Gabbard defeats man in push-up contest at New Hampshire town hall Gabbard on personal meeting with Sanders: 'He showed me the greatest respect' MORE (D-Hawaii) accused “The View” host Joy BeharJosephine (Joy) Victoria BeharBehar to Klobuchar: 'If you were a man, you'd be further ahead' Trump Jr's 'Triggered' debuts at No. 1 on NY Times bestseller list Trump Jr. visit to 'The View' boosts ratings to highest in six months MORE on the show Wednesday of spreading “innuendos” about her.

Gabbard responded to Behar’s previous comments on the show last month calling her a “useful idiot” for Russia.

“Some of you have accused me of being a traitor to my country, a Russian asset, a Trojan horse or a 'useful idiot,' I think was the term that you used, which basically means that I am naive or lack intelligence,” she said.

The Hawaii representative said she wants to “let your viewers know exactly who I am.”

“I am a patriot,” she said. “I love our country. I am a strong and intelligent woman of color, and I have dedicated almost my entire adult life to protecting the safety, the security and the freedom of all Americans in this country.”

Behar responded saying, “Franklin Graham finds you refreshing. He doesn’t find me refreshing. Richard Spencer, the white nationalist leader, says he could vote for you. You’re on Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonCNN draws 7.3 million viewers for Iowa Democratic debate Trump wants To 'deescalate,' but will his supporters let him? Former Trump security official slams Tucker Carlson over criticism of strike on Iranian general MORE at least 10 times. Why don’t you go on Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceFox's Chris Wallace asks if Trump legal team filled with people who have their own axe to grind Chris Wallace: Pelosi plan to force 'McConnell to bow to her will' was a 'total failure' The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment week MORE's show?”

“This is why I’m here,” Gabbard answered. “Because you and other people continue to spread these innuendos that have nothing to do with who I am.”

“The View” host called Gabbard a “useful idiot” when discussing her feud with Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton Democrats plot new approach to win over rural voters The Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Rosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts MORE last month, after the former secretary of State suggested Gabbard was “the favorite of the Russians,” without referring to her by name.

“I don’t say that Tulsi is an agent,” Behar said on the show at the time. “I just think that she could be a useful idiot the way Trump is a useful idiot to the Russians. That they see something. They say, ‘Oh look, a useful idiot. Let’s play this.'”

Gabbard slammed Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, for her comments, calling her “the queen of the warmongers” and “the personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic party.”