Republican Senate candidate backflips on Ukraine and blames Joe Biden for invasion
On February 19th, Republican United States Senate candidate JD Vance of Ohio complained that “it’s ridiculous that we are focused on this border in Ukraine. I got to be honest with you, I don’t really care what happens to Ukraine one way or the other.”
OH Senate candidate JD Vance: \u201cI think it\u2019s ridiculous that we are focused on this border in Ukraine. I got to be honest with you, I don\u2019t really care what happens to Ukraine one way or the other.\u201dpic.twitter.com/QtZbckZf0b— Ron Filipkowski (@Ron Filipkowski) 1645292567
On Thursday, however, Vance completely changed his tune. In a lengthy press statement posted to Twitter by his campaign, Vance condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine as "unquestionably a tragedy, especially for the innocent people caught in the crossfire.”
Vance proceeded to praise former President Donald Trump - who routinely sucked up to the Russian autocrat – for his “strengh and diplomatic engagement that kept Putin in check.”
He then blamed the incursion on President Joe Biden’s “lack of leadership.” Biden, Vance said, “squandered” American energy independence.
Vance also falsely claimed that the Biden Administration’s true ambition is “military intervention by American or NATO troops,” which the president is said is absolutely not going to happen because it would be a “world war.”
Vance concluded by suggesting that geopolitical security in Eastern Europe has nothing to do with the American people.
Vance's full statement is below:
Our leaders should be honest with the American people and admit what they really want: military intervention from American or NATO troops. This would be a disaster, and we must stand against it under any circumstance.\n\nFULL STATEMENT:pic.twitter.com/CIcPp6T8nP— J.D. Vance (@J.D. Vance) 1645735994
Vance's proclamation was not well-received.
When you undermine our government, our allies, and our people, you might just be on the side of the enemy. Just saying what seems plainly obvious to so many.— (((Howard Forman))) (@(((Howard Forman)))) 1645736119
This started with TFG, but you know that.https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/in-helsinki-trump-proves-his-weakness-for-putin-to-the-world-20180717-p4zrv7.html\u00a0\u2026— RTM (@RTM) 1645736270
No one takes you seriously. Which is why you are polling at single digits.— Alexis (@Alexis) 1645736245
This you?https://twitter.com/ronfilipkowski/status/1495091506952159233\u00a0\u2026— Dan Epstein (@Dan Epstein) 1645739687
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