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A remarkable Republican statement on the invasion of Ukraine
While many of his GOP colleagues heavily ridiculed Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday for his invasion of Ukraine, Stefanik took a different approach, focusing his criticism on President Joe Biden and putting Russian aggression at his feet.

“After just one year of a weak, thoughtless, and unfit President and Commander-in-Chief of the United States, the world is less secure. Rather than peace through force, we are witnessing Joe Biden’s foreign policy of war through force. weakness. Last year, our adversaries around the world assessed and measured Joe Biden’s leadership on the world stage, and he failed miserably on every level, from the kinetic and murderous attacks on our allies and partners to the withdrawal and from the catastrophic surrenders in Afghanistan, to the cyberattacks that cripple American industry and infrastructure, to the current Russian invasion of Ukraine, Joe Biden and his administration have let America and the world down.”

While Stefanik went on to call Putin a “war criminal” and a “deranged thug,” the bulk of his statement was devoted to excoriating Biden.

Ten years ago, the idea of ​​labeling a President of the United States “unfit” following the most serious invasion in Europe since World War II would have been unthinkable for members of either other of the parties.

But Trump’s four years in office have changed all calculations about how politics can and should be conducted, even in times of war.

Trump himself went on Fox late Wednesday night to offer his own armchair quarterback — and blame — for the situation. “Well, that’s something that should never have happened,” he said. “It wouldn’t have happened during my administration. It wouldn’t have happened and it wouldn’t have happened now.”

When told that Biden was “monitoring” the situation in the White House, Trump retorted, “I don’t think he’s monitoring. I think he’s sleeping,” before adding again that “it’s is a terrible thing that should never have happened.” .”

What Trump has done — and continues to do — to the Republican Party is downplay the idea of ​​acceptable rhetoric. Stefanik has made political hay on his will to support Trump at every turn. She was elevated to the leadership of the House GOP after Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney was removed as conference chair for criticizing Trump’s actions around the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising.

Stefanik issues a statement like this because she knows the MAGA wing of the Republican Party (and Trump himself) will likely eat her. She seems oblivious or indifferent to the kind of message she sends to the country and the world when you call the US president “unfit” in wartime.


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