'Trump sycophant' GOP chair Elise Stefanik blasted over claiming to support Ukraine after 'echoing Russian propaganda'
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York, the chair of the House Republican Caucus, is under fire after belatedly posting a video Tuesday morning expressing support for Ukraine.
In it she expresses pride for having traveled to Ukraine in 2018, saying she “saw firsthand the importance of the security partnership” between the U.S. and Ukraine “to combat Vladimir Putin’s disinformation, and defend democracy and freedom.”
As many are pointing out, Stefanik voted twice against impeaching Donald Trump, including when he was impeached for blackmailing Ukraine and withholding vital weapons funding Congress had already appropriated. She also supports Donald Trump’s “Big Lie,” the false claim the election was stolen.
My message to the people of @Ukraine and @ZelenskyyUa: The United States of America stands firmly with you against Russia\u2019s unprovoked and heinous attack on your country.pic.twitter.com/s4d96sWxb2— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@Rep. Elise Stefanik) 1646138360
Top Senate Finance Committee staffer Ashley Schapitl called Stefanik’s remarks “especially gross.”
“Stefanik was one of the biggest Trump sycophants during the first impeachment. She covered for his blackmail of President Zelensky and echoed Russian propaganda day after day.”
Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson served up a Stefanik checklist:
Abject loyalty to Trump? Check.
Defense of the “perfect call”? Check.
Voted to exonerate Trump in his impeachment? Check.
I don’t know what a human soul goes for on the open market, but Elise sold cheap.
Noted civil liberties and national security blogger Marcy Wheeler says: “Elise claims to ‘stand firmly with Ukraine.’ But when she was called on to do her Constitutional duty to uphold the integrity of the US Constitution, she stood firmly with Donald Trump, who had extorted Ukraine.”
George Conway asked her just one simple question:
Are you sure you don't want to ask him to do you a favor?https://twitter.com/repstefanik/status/1498639021374951427\u00a0\u2026— George Conway\ud83c\udf3b (@George Conway\ud83c\udf3b) 1646141410
You are the same traitorous fuck who fully supported Trump withholding aide in an attempt to blackmail Zelensky.— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer) 1646140539
Money and power.— \ud83c\udf3aWhatsername\ud83c\udf3a (@\ud83c\udf3aWhatsername\ud83c\udf3a) 1646144054
You\u2019re such a friggin\u2019 hypocrite, Elise. We all remember how you stood by Trump when he tried to blackmail Zelenskyy, threatening to deny vital military aid to Ukraine unless the Ukrainian president would lie about Joe Biden. Shame on you!— Jon Cooper (@Jon Cooper) 1646141330
"I would like you to do us a favor though.."\nYou still think that was a "perfect phone call"?? You know what, I don't even care if you do or don't at this point. You doggedly defended it when it came out. The rest of us saw it for what it was when it happened.— Jono \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf2 (@Jono \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf2) 1646140170