Share of U.S. voters, by party ID, who say America has an obligation to protect and defend Ukraine from Russia:— Cameron Easley (@cameron_easley) September 21, 2022
From @MorningConsult‘s weekly Ukraine tracker. See more here: https://t.co/embAIIw26C https://t.co/2olqhp7Zl8
Like Nazi Fellow traveler Lindbergh, who led America First Committee at beginning of WWII, MAGA candidates like JD Vance want U.S. to abandon democracy of Ukraine as it faces mortal peril from Putin: "I think [it] ultimately has diminishing returns for our own country," he says. https://t.co/r0qDE3liSw— davidrlurie (@davidrlurie) September 21, 2022
Right wing House Republicans are pushing Kevin McCarthy to commit to only allowing votes on bills backed by a majority of the GOP caucus, @PunchbowlNews reports.— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) September 21, 2022
With the MAGA caucus growing, that could make this a very real issue, especially if Trump is running again in 2023: https://t.co/tXK4xiNJts
If you haven't yet realized that Ukraine is fighting against the same autocratic forces staring us in the face, here's a stark reminder >> A GOP controlled House will likely block support for Ukraine. Think about it. Why would MAGA support Ukraine's democracy as it erodes ours? https://t.co/dVc9MGQn11— ??Paula Chertok??? (@PaulaChertok) September 20, 2022
If nothing else, it will be much more difficult to push Ukraine funding through a GOP House and the total amount of money being spent on Ukraine should peak and start to go down.
“That a GOP House might cut off aid is not a fear confined to Murphy. The publication Defense News recently reported that senior members of the House GOP leadership won’t commit to keeping aid flowing if Republicans take control of the House.
The House does seem like the more plausible future obstacle. Republicans are more likely to win the lower chamber, and the House is where more tacit (or even overt) sympathizing with Putin and Russia is concentrated.
Much GOP rhetoric on this is couched in fiscal terms, saying we shouldn’t spend so much on Ukraine when needs are unmet at home. Traditional conservative groups such as Heritage Action for America have urged Republicans to vote against Ukraine aid packages, and 57 Republicans in the House voted no in May on a $40 billion aid package.
But some of the most direct pledges to cut off aid come from far-right Trumpists such as Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who are forthright about their sympathies. As Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) once said, “Ukraine is not our ally. Russia is not our enemy.”
“The MAGA wing of the party, which is the dominant wing, says and thinks a lot of nice things about Putin,” Murphy said to us. …”