The House Republicans got into a flap after they gave a platform to a fellow Ukrainian-born Republican, who broke ranks and dared to criticize Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
GOP Rep. Victoria Spartz was given the floor to speak on the war in Ukraine, but it was not what the RINOs (Republican in Name Only) were expecting, and Spartz began an intense criticism of Zelensky and his administration.
The comments sparked a response from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, which said that Spartz was “trying to earn extra political capital on baseless speculation.”
Politico reported that certain GOP members have “widespread fear” that Spartz’ comments will damage the relationship between the United States and Ukraine.
Seeing as the United States and it’s NATO allies are funding Ukraine right down to paying the salaries of their healthcare workers, that seems highly unlikely.
RINOs are also worried that MAGA voters, who have increasingly opposed the U.S supporting Ukraine, will use Spartz comments as the reason to withdraw support.
Spartz released a statement earlier this month, which called on Zelensky to “stop playing politics and theater” and “start governing to better support his military and local government.”
Spartz further accused President Joe Biden of “playing politics” adding that Biden needs to present a “clear strategy and align security assistance with our strategy.”
The fear that weapons will also end up in the hands of the wrong people, Spartz called on lawmakers to “establish proper oversight of critical infrastructure and delivery of weapons and aid.”
The extraordinary statement comes after Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.) asked President Joe Biden to brief Congress on years-old allegations against Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak. Earlier this week, the freshman lawmaker also slammed both Biden and Zelenskyy for their approaches to the ongoing war, infuriating officials in both countries.
A GOP lawmaker who talked to Politico if they would grant anonymity said, “Her naiveness is hurting our own people,” adding “It is not helpful to what we’re trying to do and I’m not sure her facts are accurate … We have vetted these guys.”
“I don’t share her criticisms,” said Seen Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has collaborated with Spartz on legislation concerning Ukraine. “I believe that the Zelenskyy government and the Ukrainian people have risen to the moment. It is in our national security interest to stand with the Ukrainian people and their elected leadership.”
Spartz defended her comments on Zelensky in a statement to Politico:
“Growing up in Ukraine and visiting six times since the war started, I have a comprehensive understanding of the situation on the ground,” adding “The stakes are too high to be reactive without deliberation — as intended for our institution.”