Russian TV Host 'Worried' for Tulsi Gabbard After Ukraine Bio Labs Remarks

A Russian state television panelist said he is worried about the future of former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard after she was accused of repeating Moscow-pushed misinformation that the U.S. funded biological weapons laboratories in Ukraine.

Russian propaganda media outlets have repeatedly pushed unsubstantiated claims that the United States is funding Ukrainian laboratories developing biological and chemical weapons.

Gabbard, in a video shared on Twitter on March 13, talked out about the threat of "U.S.-funded bio labs" in Ukraine being hit by Russian forces, leading to the potential transmission of "deadly pathogens." She did not repeat the false claims of Ukraine developing bioweapons.

In a separate Fox News interview, Gabbard said that "if there were" bio weapons labs in Ukraine funded by the U.S., they would violate the Biological Weapons Convention. She did not accuse the United States of doing so.

The former congresswoman's detractors said her remarks lend credibility to Russia's allegations.

Gabbard has since said social media platform Instagram "shadow banned" her and is attempting to suppress her voice.

Speaking on Russian state-run television, a panelist said he was worried about Gabbard, saying that she has been canceled by social media sites.

Another panelist responded: "But she still appears on [Tucker] Carlson."

"I don't know if he'll manage to run away. I'm not joking right now. I'm not joking right now," the panelist said.

Gabbard on Thursday night accused Instagram of shadow banning her account, by de-prioritizing her name and account in the discover and search pages on the social media platform, and telling Instagram users who attempt to tag her "this account has posted false information."

"Unfortunately, Zuckerberg is blocking you from receiving many of my messages," Gabbard said, calling the Facebook CEO a "mini-tyrant."

Mark Zuckerberg "fails to provide any examples of such so-called 'misinformation,'" she said. "All of us will continue to be under this Big Tech dictatorship so long as cowardly leaders from both parties are in their pocket."

Earlier, in an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday night, she said: "Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is also suppressing my voice.

"Normally, on average, videos that I post on Instagram, get somewhere between 250 and 300,000 views, tens of thousands of likes. The video that I posted last night, or early this morning got about 10 percent of that, around 15,000 views and a couple of 1,000 likes.

"It is very clear that they are doing all they can to suppress my voice, suppress the message that I am carrying out."

Newsweek has contacted Gabbard, Fox News and Instagram for comment.

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Former Democratic Presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) participating in a TV interview at the U.S. Capitol January 9, 2020 in Washington, DC. A Russian state television panelist said he is worried about the former congresswoman's future after she was accused of repeating Moscow-pushed misinformation that the U.S. funded biological weapons laboratories in Ukraine. Alex Wong/Getty Images