MAGA World triggered by Zelensky’s speech: “Our republic is dead”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to Congress drew a largely enthusiastic response, but a vocal contingent of MAGA Republicans were far from satisfied with the speech.

Zelenskyy addressed Congress Wednesday night after meeting with President Joe Biden during his first foreign trip since Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24. The speech came as Congress considered a $1.7 trillion spending bill that would include $45 billion in additional funding for Ukraine. Some Republicans oppose it.

During the speech, Ukraine’s president told lawmakers that sending aid to his country during the war was “not charity” and argued that it was instead “an investment in the global security of democracy, with which we can look to the future.” deal with in the most responsible way”. It was one of many moments when Zelensky received a standing ovation from almost everyone in attendance.

Republican Reps Matt Gaetz of Florida and Lauren Boebert of Colorado, both of whom have called for an end to aid to Ukraine and an audit of past funding, were among a few attendees who declined to applaud or advocate for Zelensky during the speech .

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (left) addresses Congress in Washington, DC on Wednesday while a supporter of former President Donald Trump (right) speaks at a rally in Wellington, Ohio, March 26, 2021. Zelensky’s trip to Washington was widely met with positive response, although some, including “MAGA” Republicans, denounced the Ukrainian President and his speech.
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Others, including a number of outspoken supporters of former President Donald Trump and his MAGA movement, later expressed dissatisfaction with Zelenskyy’s speech on social media.

“The reception of Zelenskyy’s speech tonight – mass glorification by our ‘leaders’ – seals the deal.” tweeted Scott Stephenson, a self-proclaimed “proud Trump Republican” who previously ran for Congress. “Our republic is dead. We, the people, must work together to start over. Our founding fathers had the right model. Time for a fresh start.”

“It was very democratic that Zelenskyy wore military uniforms when he spoke,” said actor and former GOP congressional candidate Nicholas Tutora tweeted. “So many corrupt politicians get rich from this money laundering scam. Zelenskyy said it was like the Battle of the Bulge, where are the news footage of that?”

“I don’t give a damn about Volodymyr Zelensky or what particular international criminal cartels are running Ukraine, especially when my own country is being deliberately collapsed by the same people who are funneling billions to this clown and his cronies.” tweeted Scott Morefield, author of the conservative website Townhall. “You can all go to hell.”

“We’re NOT backing you,” far-right activist and former congressional candidate Laura Loomer tweeted to Zelensky. “Now please leave our country and give us back the $100 billion you stole from us.”

“If Ukraine is such a ‘war zone,’ maybe you and your wife should stop buying your family multi-million dollar villas in Israel with OUR TAXPAYERS MONEY and doing Vogue photo shoots,” the tweet continued.

Some GOP lawmakers dismissed Zelenskyy’s speech while slamming the Democrats and comparing Ukraine’s war with Russia to the “invasion” of migrants at the US-Mexico border.

“Democrats are willing to spend billions of dollars to keep Ukraine safe while utterly failing to spend a penny to protect our own citizens from an invasion on our southern border,” Texas Rep. Joey Arrington said in a statement.

“I can’t celebrate using billions of tax dollars to help another country while politicians allow our own nation to burn down,” he continued.

After participation, Boebert tweeted a video of herself reacting to Zelensky’s speech.

“Unfortunately, what I didn’t hear tonight was a clear explanation of where the first $50 billion we sent to support their efforts went,” Boebert said in the video. “Until Congress gets a full review of where our money has already gone, I will not support sending additional money to this war.”

“President Zelenskyy is working to protect his country, his border and his people, I understand that,” she added. “I really just wish our Commander-in-Chief would do the same here at home and secure our southern border and protect our people.”

Gaetz made a similar statement in a expression tweeted after the speech, stating that he would not support the “America Last” policy of supporting Ukraine’s war effort “while our country is mired in crisis.”

“He hasn’t changed my stance on suspending aid to Ukraine and investigating fraud in transfers already made,” Gaetz said.

A significant portion of the Republican faction did not attend Wednesday’s speech. Accordingly, only 86 of 213 Republicans in the House of Representatives were present The hill. Notable GOP Senators who skipped the event included Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri.

Donald Trump Jr., who lashed out by calling Zelensky a “welfare queen” earlier in the day, divided tweeted an altered photo taken during the speech after it ended.

The picture shows Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holding a Ukrainian flag while Zelensky stands at the lectern. Next to the President of Ukraine is a picture of a naked Hunter Biden.

Some Republicans also criticized Selenskyj for his choice of clothes on Wednesday. Some insisted he failed to show proper “respect” by wearing his now-standard military uniform instead of a suit when he visited Biden at the White House.

Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson brandished Ukraine’s president’s speech to Congress during his broadcast Wednesday night, saying Zelenskyi spoke while disguising himself as a “Ukrainian strip club executive.” He also bizarrely accused Zelensky of waging a “war on Christianity.”

news week has reached out to the Republican National Committee for comment. MAGA World triggered by Zelensky’s speech: “Our republic is dead”

Rick Schindler

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