At least two congressional Republicans, Reps. Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert reportedly refused to stand up and applaud during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to Congress late Wednesday, and leftists are furious.
Gaetz and Boebert on their cell phones, refusing to applaud Zelensky. Completely disrespectful to the president of Ukraine who is pleading to the American people as the Ukrainian people die every day this war goes on. These two are a disgrace. #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/6zsgd68RGW
— Francisco (@FranciscoT_) December 22, 2022
Take outgoing Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who’s technically a Republican except that he speaks and acts just like a Democrat — ergo why he’s outgoing.
“I couldn’t imagine looking at myself in the mirror if i was @mattgaetz or @laurenboebert. Smugly sat on their hands while history was made and a real hero addressed us. Imagine caring more about performance art than actual human lives,” he tweeted after Zelenskyy’s address.
I couldn’t imagine looking at myself in the mirror if i was @mattgaetz or @laurenboebert. Smugly sat on their hands while history was made and a real hero addressed us. Imagine caring more about performance art than actual human lives.
— Adam Kinzinger #fella (@AdamKinzinger) December 22, 2022
He wasn’t the only one to complain. So did one of Fox News’ resident liberals, Geraldo Rivera.
“Gut check. The hard right members who didn’t stand or applaud Zelenskyy-the most legitimate hero to address Congress in decades-reveal their inner smallness,” Rivera tweeted after the speech.
For once I agree with Geraldo!
— sun (@sunsungirly) December 22, 2022
Rachel Vindman, the wife of “super patriot” Alexander Vindman, also complained.
“Coming back on Twitter to say one thing: @laurenboebert & @mattgaetz are human garbage,” she tweeted.
Vindman is one of the many leftists who’ve purported to leave Twitter for Mastodon, a “safe space” social media platform for just leftists.
— Rachel Vindman (@natsechobbyist) December 22, 2022
Surprisingly, none of the three said anything about Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. While it’s not clear whether she even attended Zelenskyy’s speech, for days she’d been crying foul about him coming to the U.S. to beg for money.
“Of course the shadow president has to come to Congress and explain why he needs billions of American’s taxpayer dollars for the 51st state, Ukraine. This is absurd. Put America First!!!” she tweeted earlier in the week.
Of course the shadow president has to come to Congress and explain why he needs billions of American’s taxpayer dollars for the 51st state, Ukraine.
This is absurd.
Put America First!!! https://t.co/gkNonOhvDL
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) December 20, 2022
All this said, while the complaints about Gaetz and Boebert received plenty of likes and retweets from Democrats, they also attracted a bevy of backlash from conservatives.
In fact, Gaetz himself clapped back directly at Kinzinger, tweeting, “You should run in Ukraine. Maybe you could win an election there.”
You should run in Ukraine.
Maybe you could win an election there.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) December 22, 2022
Most politicos suspect Kinzinger chose to not run for reelection this year because he’d have certainly lost given his treacherous, back-stabbing behavior.
Speaking of Kinzinger, others pounced on him as well.
Oh shut up you whiny little bitch.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 22, 2022
Zelensky is the performance art
— Hodgetwins (@hodgetwins) December 22, 2022
J6 Committee was performance art.
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) December 22, 2022
Didn’t this guy quit because he knew he couldn’t get reelected?
— Mark Pukita (@mpukita) December 22, 2022
How do you look yourself in the mirror being you after you sold out the people who put you in Congress because you hated Trump so much?
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) December 22, 2022
Plenty of critics also pounced on Rivera:
Hard right? You mean elected officials who are actually representing the American people???
— Julie Barrett (@juliecbarrett) December 22, 2022
They’re against having their grandchildren pay for Mrs. Zelenskyy’s $40,000 Paris shopping sprees, Geraldo.
— Codpiece of Doom (@Citizen010101) December 22, 2022
The only thing legitimate about the stunt at the capital tonight is the affirmation that both parties have sold the American taxpayer down river.
— Milenka~ (@MilenaAmit) December 22, 2022
Or they realize we do not have the money that Ukraine is getting. All this spending ensures a recession but let’s not worry about that right?
— northhunter job Title Husband,Father, Grandfather. (@northofmackinac) December 22, 2022
I wouldn’t have applaud him either!He couldn’t put on a coat and tie for the President or Congress! We have given more then enough money it’s time overs step up. Where is this money going? Who is it going to? How much did it cost to get him to the USA we had to pay for that also.
— John Linton (@realjohnlinton) December 22, 2022
Dovetailing back to Gaetz and Boebert, they reportedly started their evening with a bang.
“Two far-right members of the House of Representatives were spotted blowing straight past a security checkpoint outside the House floor on Wednesday evening as they headed in to attend a surprise address to Congress from Ukraine’s president,” The Independent reported.
Leftists will also likely be furious about this as well …
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