If you went into cryogenic freeze back in the 1950’s and were just waking up now, your head would explode from cognitive dissonance watching how the Republican party of that era regarded Russia and how the same party of this era just can’t fall over the dictator strongman Vladimir Putin enough.

Of course this trend started with the ascension of Donald Trump to power and the subsequent descendance of sanity in American politics. Today’s GOP is lik the pushmi pullyou. Over two dozen Republican senators are demanding that President Biden do more to help Ukraine yet last week they voted against the $13.6 billion increase in military and humanitarian assistance. Does that make any kind of sense?

Then there is Madison Cawthorn calling Volodymyr Zelenskyy a “thug” a clip which has gone viral, most especially on Russian television.

Yet despite that, Marjorie Taylor Greene insists that she is not pro Putin. Of course she is.

So when this topic comes up between you and MAGA friends, relatives, or co-workers, here is the ammunition you need. Many thanks to Charlie Sykes.

As the Republican Accountability Project notes, “Only 5 percent of Republicans support Russia over Ukraine, but the MAGA wing of the GOP has continually sided with Putin and against Ukraine.” RAP has helpfully collected some of the MAGA commentary. It’s worth bookmarking.

“So Putin is now saying it’s independent, a large section of Ukraine. I said, ‘How smart is that?’ And he’s gonna go in and be a peacekeeper. That’s the strongest peace force.”

Fmr. President Donald Trump, February 2022  ·  Quote Source

“[Putin is] taking over a country for two dollars worth of sanctions. I’d say that’s pretty smart.”

Fmr. President Donald Trump, February 2022  ·  Quote Source

“Remember that Zelenskyy is a thug. Remember that the Ukrainian government is incredibly corrupt and it is incredibly evil and has been pushing woke ideologies.”

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), March 2022  ·  Quote Source

“NATO has been supplying the neo-Nazis in Ukraine with powerful weapons and extensive training on how to use them. What the hell is going with these #NATONazis?”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), March 2022  ·  Quote Source

“I think we should probably take the side of Russia, if we have to choose between Russia and Ukraine.”

Tucker Carlson, FOX News, December 2019  ·  Quote Source

“I gotta be honest with you, I don’t really care what happens to Ukraine one way or the other.”

J.D. Vance, US Senate Candidate, February 2022  ·  Quote Source

“Every American who wants to know what’s *actually* going on in Russia and Ukraine, read this transcript of Putin’s address…WE are at fault.”

Candace Owens, Daily Wire, February 2022  ·  Quote Source

“No Republican should vote for any money for Ukraine. $0 for Ukraine.”

Steve Bannon, March 2022  ·  Quote Source

“The Soviet Union back before Russia when it broke up contained all of Ukraine including Crimea. The country itself is not really a country”

Peter Navarro, Former Trump WH Advisor, December 2021  ·  Quote Source

“I’m more concerned with the US-Mexico border than the Russia-Ukraine border. Not sorry.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), January 2022  ·  Quote Source

“It feels as if Putin is going into places that want him. They have voted overwhelmingly to be part of it. It is a family dispute that we shouldn’t get in the midst of, that’s for certain.”

Charlie Kirk, Turning Point USA, February 2022  ·  Quote Source

“We had kind of a really pathetic display from the Ukrainian President Zelenskyy.”

Laura Ingraham, FOX News, February 2022  ·  Quote Source

“Putin–unlike someone else we know–LOVES his country & FIGHTS for its interests”

Dinesh D’Souza, [convicted felon] September 2016  ·  Quote Source

“[Putin is] a very strong leader. He’s been in charge for a long time. And he’s not going to put up with the nonsense he’s seeing in Europe.”

Mike Flynn, former Trump National Security Advisor, February 2022  ·  Quote Source

“Zelensky is a globalist puppet for Soros and the Clintons.”

State Sen. Wendy Rogers (R-AZ), February 2022  ·  Quote Source

“I wish Putin was president of America.”

Nick Fuentes, America First Political Action Conference, February 2022  ·  Quote Source

Add to this list: the eight (8) GOP representatives who voted yesterday against removing Most Favored Nation status from Russia and Belarus: Biggs (Ariz.) Bishop (N.C.) Boebert (Colo.) Gaetz (Fla.) Greene (Ga.) Grothman (Wis.) Massie (Ky.) Roy (Texas).

Now you are armed for bear. Good luck. Let us know how it went.

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  1. You don’t have to go back to the 1950s for your Rip Van Winkle awakening. Republicans led by Reagan were downright militant to the point of recklessness compared to Eisenhower. And as for Reagan, he’s spinning so hard in his tomb that they need to hook up a set of gears to his casket because he could turn enough generators to power all of California!

  2. Somehow I just don’t think supporting the murderous Russian pigs and their beady-eyed runt dick weasel dictator is a tenable or winning position.

  3. The Trump sect of the GQP operates on a very simple principle: If the Democrats and Biden are supporting anything, they are against it.

    They don’t need a reason – they just want to wreck anything that the other side does and then claim credit if it actually passes and benefits the people at home (their home, of course).

    They are only out to obstruct and do their level best to make Joe Biden look bad and hope the people blame him for the failure to get anything through the Senate – the fact that it won’t go through is down to them (and Munchkin and Sinerama)



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