Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took aim at fellow Kentuckian, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his prioritizing of funding for Ukraine’s war against Russia over more pressing matters at home, specifically the porous southern border.
After the so-called “border security” bill was met with fierce opposition by conservative Republicans, the sneaky octogenarian delivered the votes of 17 members of his caucus to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to advance a $95 million foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan with the border provisions stripped out. It’s what some called out as a typical backstabbing move by McConnell and Paul isn’t happy about the betrayal.
During a Friday appearance on Fox Business Network, Paul reacted to a clip of President Joe Biden who said, “The failure of the United States Congress, if it occurs, not to support Ukraine is close to criminal neglect. It is outrageous.”
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“It’s criminal neglect for Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, and Joe Biden to get together to send $100 billion overseas to fix someone else’s border before addressing our border,” Paul told host Larry Kudlow, not pulling any punches.
“We have an emergency, we have an invasion. We have 700,000 people came across in the last two months, and they’re willing just to punt on that,” the senator continued. “You know, they put forward a fake proposal, it wasn’t any good. We shot it down. But that doesn’t mean we’re ready to give up on it. Many of us want to fight. Thirty-two of us out of forty-eight, three-fourths of us, said we wanted to keep fighting, we want to actually fix the border before we ship $100 billion of our money overseas.”
“I meet no one in Kentucky, no conservatives across the land that are for this but the leadership of the Senate under Mitch McConnell is more concerned with sending your money to Ukraine than they are with the invasion of the southern border, and I’ve had enough,” he said. “I’m going to do everything in my power to slow down and stop this, and I told them they can vote when hell freezes over because frankly, this isn’t in the best interest of our country, the money has to be borrowed.
“We don’t have $100 billion sitting around. We borrow 1.5 trillion and they’re gonna borrow another hundred billon so essentially we ask China for money to send it to Ukraine,” Paul stated. “It makes us weaker. It’s bad for our country. Mitch McConnell, Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer are wrong on this and I’m going to do everything I can to slow them down at the very least, and possibly there’ll be enough of an uprising of people calling in and saying ‘Mitch McConnell, who are you? Do you represent the Republicans? Do you represent conservatives? Are you in lockstep with Chuck Schumer?”
“There needs to be an uprising in the country and if that happens, we still have a chance we can stop this,” he said.
“His approval ratings in Kentucky are almost below zero. They are the lowest of any elected official in the United States. He is working with Biden and Schumer to funnel your money to Ukraine, but he’s not working with conservatives, so he is in the minority of his caucus,” Paul told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
“If Governor Beshear ran for his Senate seat and the election were held tomorrow, who would win?” Ingraham asked, referring to Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear who was re-elected in 2023.
“Beshear,” Paul replied.
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