This makes perfect sense coming from Marge Greene, but I have to confess I didn’t think Mike Lee would stoop so low. Although why I should be surprised, I don’t know. Lee is the same guy who said, on tape, that he wanted to sunset Social Security and later on denied it publicly. Who knows what he’s going to do next?
Lee posted a deceptively altered tape of Volodymyr Zelensky saying that America’s sons and daughters would soon be sent to war. The comment was taken out of context.
It’s worth noting that Lee’s personal Twitter account was suspended for posting this falsehood but later reinstated, most likely in the anything goes world of Elon Musk. This isn’t free speech, this is fake news and Lee’s framing of the clip is anti-Ukraine, i.e., pro-Russian propaganda.
Zelensky has no right to presume that our sons and daughters will fight his war. Shame on him. We’ve somehow sent the message that we work for him. Shame on us! https://t.co/l84guBiIsk
— Mike Lee (@BasedMikeLee) March 1, 2023
And here is Marge Green’s take.
Zelenskyy wants our sons and daughters to die defending Ukraine’s border, but Ukraine is not even a member of NATO.
There’s not a parent in America that wants their son or daughter dying defending Ukraine’s border.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) March 1, 2023
CLAIM: A video clip shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy saying that Americans will have to send their “sons and daughters” to the war in Ukraine.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: Missing context. Zelenskyy was explaining that if Russia attacked NATO member states, which are U.S. allies, the U.S would likely send troops to protect those countries. He was not suggesting Americans would have to fight in Ukraine.
“The U.S. will have to send their sons and daughters exactly the same way as we are sending their sons and daughters to war,” he says. “And they will have to fight. Because it’s NATO that we’re talking about, and they will be dying, god forbid, because it’s a horrible thing.”
Social media users posted the clip this week with claims Zelenskyy was calling for Americans to fight in Ukraine.
“Zelensky’ is a dangerous sociopath who wants your children to fight his war,” reads a tweet shared more than 4,000 times.
But the full context of the clip reveals that the Ukrainian president was talking about a hypothetical situation in which Russia invades NATO member countries, not calling for Americans to fight in his country.
Video of the conference shows that Zelenskyy was answering a question about his message to Americans who believe the U.S. is giving too much support to Ukraine. He started by thanking Americans for their ongoing support, then addressed what might happen if Ukraine loses the war.
That is the long and the short of it. Zelensky’s words have been twisted by a sitting senator and congresswoman. This is just more evidence that the Republican party is pro-Putin. Stunning, but true. How else can you call this shot?