Gabbard accuses Joy Behar of spreading 'innuendos' about her

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic MORE (D-Hawaii) accused “The View” host Joy BeharJosephine (Joy) Victoria BeharMeghan McCain lauds Trump ad roasting Pelosi over ice cream-themed interview: 'A kill shot' Joy Behar denies she's retiring from 'The View' California governor responds to Nunes on canceling school: 'We'll continue to listen to the experts' 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.

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“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 CarlsonCable news audience numbers jump amid coronavirus, protests Tucker Carlson tees off on Trump, Kushner: 'People will not forgive weakness' Soured on Fox, Trump may be seeking new propaganda outlet MORE at least 10 times. Why don’t you go on Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Cornel West: 'We're witnessing the collapse of the legitimacy of leadership' Head of Minnesota police chiefs association: Police not trained in hold used on George Floyd 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 ClintonTrump, Biden battle to shape opinion on scenes of unrest Sessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines The Memo: Trump lags in polls as crises press 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.”