Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) shrugged off Representatives Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) Sunday, calling them “lonely voices” that we should all ignore for daring to question Ukraine President Volodomyr Zelenskyy and U.S. aid to the war-torn nation.
McConnell joined Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation” Sunday to discuss Ukraine’s prospects of winning their war against Russia and what Liz Cheney (R-WY) has described as the “Putin wing” of the GOP.
“Congresswoman Liz Cheney has said there is actually a Putin wing of the Republican party these days,” Brennan said. “I think she is referring to Congressman Cawthorn, who has called Zelenskyy a ‘thug.’ Marjorie Taylor Greene has said the U.S. should not fund a war the Ukrainians can not possibly win.”
“Is there any room in the Republican party for this rhetoric and why isn’t there more discipline?” Brennan asked.
“Well, there are some lonely voices out there that are in a different place,” McConnell said. “But looking at the Senate Republicans, I can tell you I would’ve, had I been the majority leader, put this Ukraine supplemental up by itself. I think virtually every one of my members would have voted for it.”
McConnell is referring to the Ukraine Supplemental Act, which provides nearly $14 billion in emergency funding to support Ukraine. It was folded into the FY2022 $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package, which President Biden signed on March 15.
“The vast majority of the Republican Party writ-large, both in the Congress and across the country, are totally behind the Ukrainians and urging the president to take these steps quicker, to be bolder,” McConnell continued. “So there may be a few lonely voices of to the side, I wouldn’t pay much attention to them.”
“Zelenskyy is a thug. Remember that the Ukrainian government is incredibly corrupt and is incredibly evil and has been pushing woke ideologies.”
— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) March 10, 2022
Earlier in the interview, McConnel was asked about President Biden’s upcoming trip to Poland and what he expected Biden to “deliver” during the week.
“Well, we’ve given him plenty of money,” McConnell said. “I think he needs to step up his game. He’s generally done the right thing, but never soon enough.”
“Let’s take a look at what’s happened here,” he continued. “The Ukrainians have killed more Russians in three weeks than we lost in Afghanistan and Iraq in 20 years. I think we ought to go into this believing the Ukrainians can actually win. And the way they win is for us to get these defensive weapons to them as rapidly as possible.”
“For example,” McConnell said, “I am perplexed as to why we couldn’t get the Polish-Russian MiGs into the country. The Ukrainians have plenty of pilots and know how to fly them. In those Eastern bloc countries, they have Soviet ground-to-air systems that the Ukrainians know how to work. We have the resources we’ve given to the president to get those weapons in there as rapidly as possible, and then we’ve provided loan guarantees to countries that ship the weapons into Ukraine to purchase new weapons and probably better weapons from us.”
“So, what I’d like to see the president to is to reassure our Eastern bloc allies. It’s fine to go to Brussels. It’s fine to go to Berlin. I’d like to see him go to Romania or Poland or to the Baltics,” he said. “They’re right on the frontlines and need to know that we are in this fight with them to win.”
As always, Marjorie Taylor Greene has been incredibly outspoken and blunt in her critiques of Democrats and the response to Ukraine.
In a thread from last week, the controversial Rep. made the argument that Democrats have been funding “actual Nazis since the Obama/Biden administration,” adding that the funding “to neo-Nazis in Ukraine only stopped under President Trump.”
Democrats have been calling Republicans, President Trump, and his supporters Nazis since 2015.
But the Dems have been funding *actual* Nazis since the Obama/Biden administration.
Funding to neo-Nazis in Ukraine only stopped under President Trump.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) March 15, 2022
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