Rep. Matt Gaetz faced backlash online Monday after opposing sending additional US aid to Ukraine to help in its war against Russia.
Gaetz shared an article covering a segment on Russian state television in which he was commended for refusing to applaud Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Congress last week as the Florida Republican persisted in his stance that the Ukraine not to provide further US aid.
“I am not for Russia. I have even been personally sanctioned by Putin. i am for america Bathing historically corrupt countries in US guns and cash usually does not bode well for America. (See Afghanistan)”, Gaetz tweeted On Monday.
A number of Twitter users have criticized Gaetz, with some arguing that denying aid to Ukraine is inevitably enabling Russia in its 10-month-old war and supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s goals.
“No darling, by refusing to help Ukraine to protect her country from Russia, you are indeed pro-Russia,” wrote Twitter user @ShelKel2.
Twitter user @ChidiNwatu wrote: “You are indeed pro-Russia, comrade. You didn’t expect Russia to celebrate you for everything you do to help Putin fulfill his dream of reviving the USSR.”
Kyle Parrish, former Democratic candidate for North Carolina’s 5th congressional district, called Gätz a traitor.”
“Is that why you voted against almost every bill sanctioning or investigating Russia?” commented Rebekah Jones, a former Democratic House candidate for Florida’s 1st congressional district. “Or why were you playing on your phone during Zelenskyy’s speech in our capital?
Gaetz has repeatedly criticized US support for Ukraine when he spoke out against sending financial and military aid packages. In May, he was among 57 House Republicans who voted against a $40 billion aid package, arguing that the federal government should prioritize domestic issues.
He also warned in May of a “dangerous bipartisan consensus that is driving us to war with Russia.” He also called on Congress to vote on a resolution authorizing the use of military force to reveal which members would put on record their support for the US becoming involved in Russia’s war in Ukraine.
David Philips who wrote Good night to the nations: ten years with two dogscommented on Gaetz’s tweet on Monday. saying“But if the Russians see you as an asset, maybe you should take a closer look.
“I really wish you would explain why you keep spreading Russian propaganda like you work for Putin and he’s holding your family captive,” said Twitter user @gvnzng said. “Nothing you said about Ukrainian seems remotely patriotic to freedom-loving Americans. We will not be overwhelmed by fascism.”
Political commentator and former federal prosecutor Ron Filipkowski criticized Gaetz’s argument for not supporting Russia, since he had previously been sanctioned by Moscow.
“This topic of conversation is bs. When Russia issued its sanctions list for American politicians, they chimed in a few pro-Putin Republicans to avoid making it painfully obvious. Putin understands how to play the game. Gaetz knows it too,” said Filipkowski.
In April, Russia announced sanctions against 398 members of the House of Representatives, including several Republicans accused of Russia sympathy, including Gaetz, Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor Greene and North Carolina’s Madison Cawthorn.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the move was in response to US sanctions against 328 members of Russia’s State Duma, the country’s lower house, on March 24, exactly a month after Russia invaded Ukraine.
But Gaetz also had supporters of his post on Twitter.
Twitter user Michael M. Rogers said of the war in Ukraine: “Not our sandbox, not our fight, not our responsibility. Let them sift their own sand.”
User @CollinGOP said that Gaetz’s comments were “spot on” and asked “when did it go well since WWII?”
“Thank you for choosing to be on the right side of history,” @shibtoshinobi tweeted.
news week turned to Gaetz’s office for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/matt-gaetz-blasted-continuing-oppose-us-aid-ukraine-1769673 Matt Gaetz has been criticized for continuing to oppose US aid to Ukraine