Was Gabbard treasonous?
Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has officially sent a cease and desist letter to Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah). The dispute is over a tweet made in March, where he alleged that her statements were “treasonous lies.”
Gabbard announced that she had sent the cease and desist letter through a tweet on Wednesday. Romey and Keith Olbermann, a former television personality, both received letters because of their statements “asserting that Gabbard was parroting false Russian propaganda.”
“When powerful, influential people make baseless accusations of treason, a crime punishable by death, in order to intimidate, silence, and censor those who speak the truth, it has a chilling effect on our democracy,” she noted.
“This cannot go unchecked,” Gabbard continued.
Gabbard also made an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday where she stated “When powerful and influential people basically threaten and intimidate people into silence as Mitt Romney … [is] doing, they’re hoping to achieve that effect that if anybody dares speak out against the government … [or] criticize whatever the washed, permanent Washington establishment narrative is, then you will be smeared … as a treasonous traitor.”
Accordingly, the letters demand that the two “cease these false, defamatory, and malicious claims” and that they “retract/takedown all such statements made about Gabbard and destroy all copies of those statements.”
According to Gabbard’s attorneys, both Romney and Olbermann will have until April 27 to confirm they have received and will comply with the demands stated in the letter.