House GOP Leader Abandons Ukraine

Vladimir Putin has very few allies in his war to subjugate Ukraine. The Chinese Communist Party is sitting on the sidelines. Fellow former Soviet Republics are effectively saying, “not in our name.”

One could argue that the Kremlin’s most consequential friends in all this are the mullahcracy in Iran

… and the Republican Party.

House GOP caucus leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed that he does not share the Biden Administration’s wish for democracy to prevail in Ukraine.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is signaling that if Republicans win the House majority in next month’s midterm elections, the GOP is likely to oppose more aid to Ukraine in its war with Russia.

Since the invasion in February the majority of congressional Republicans and Democrats have united in authorizing billions of dollars in U.S. military and humanitarian assistance to Kyiv as a geopolitical and moral stand against Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

McCarthy, who could be House speaker if Republicans triumph, indicated that that could end in a GOP-led House.

McCarthy’s comments to Punch Bowl News drew an incredulous response from Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who tweeted at McCarthy, “What in the absolute bloody hell is happening to @GOPLeader.”

For all of Kinzinger’s bluster, he’s not running for re-election this year. The Republicans actually on the ballot are all in lockstep with McCarthy, from the bonkers Don Buldoc to the slimy J.D. Vance to the seemingly “normal” Paul Laxalt, just about every Republican candidate is succumbing to the cancer I noted three weeks ago.

I noted last week how democracy itself was on the ballot. McCarthy’s comments make clear it’s not just our democracy at risk, but in Europe as well. The new axis of tyranny is taking shape: Putin, the CCP, Tehran … and the Trump-led GOP.

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