Why are MAGA Republicans blocking aid for Ukraine as it fights Putin's invasion to save their democracy?
"Why Does the GOP Block Ukraine Aid? For Trump. Johnson voted for the first aid package to Ukraine a month later. Then, in May of that year, Johnson reversed himself, joining 56 other Republican House members to vote against a $40 billion package.
The notional answer is that Republicans must have a border-security deal as the price for Ukraine aid. But who on earth sets a price that could stymie something they affirmatively want to do? Republicans have not conditioned their support for Social Security on getting a border deal. They would never say that tax cuts must wait until after the border is secure. Only Ukraine is treated as something to be bartered, as if at a county fair. How did that happen?" - The Atlantic
Ukraine’s expendability to congressional Republicans originates in the sinister special relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Follow the money
Follow the money and decide for yourself. Start in Louisiana:
- "John Houghtaling is at the center of a multi-billion-dollar trade deal backed by Trump and powerful Russian investors, including a former top Putin lieutenant. Houghtaling owes the launching of American Ethane to another prominent Russian. In January 2014, he invited Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, billionaire owner of English soccer club Chelsea F.C., to New Orleans... Abramovich agreed to provide $50 million in seed money for American Ethane." - WWLTV
- How much did American Ethane donate to Mike Johnson's campaign? Open Secrets
- What was Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy's involvement with American Ethane? - WWLT
Trump - Putin connection
"At the beginning of Trump’s ascendancy in the GOP, even his future allies in Congress distrusted his pro-Russian affinities. Kevin McCarthy, a future House speaker, was inadvertently recorded in a June 2016 meeting with other Republican congressional leaders, saying, “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” Some in the room laughed. McCarthy responded, “Swear to God.”
By the mid-2010s, groups such as the National Rifle Association were susceptible to infiltration by Russian-intelligence assets. High-profile conservatives accepted free trips and speaking fees from organizations linked to the Russian government pre-Trump.
MAGA Republican turncoats
"At first, the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 appalled almost all elected officials in Washington. A congressman named Mike Johnson, then a Republican backbencher, spoke for many: “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’s sovereign territory threatens the greatest destabilization of the world order since WWII and constitutes a national security threat to the entire West,” he said in a statement published on the invasion’s first day.
Johnson voted for the first aid package to Ukraine a month later. Then, in May of that year, Johnson reversed himself, joining 56 other Republican House members to vote against a $40 billion package. This was Johnson’s explanation for his coat-turning on Ukraine."
Putin's puppet Trump controls Johnson
Once Johnson replaced McCarthy, the relationship between the speaker and Trump shifted to active collaboration. McCarthy helped Ukraine as much as he dared; Johnson helps Ukraine as little as he can. Johnson still talks about resisting Russia, but when it comes time to act, he does as Trump wants.
As Trump nears renomination by his party in 2024, the displays of loyalty to him have become ever more obligatory for Republicans. Solidarity with Ukraine has faltered as support for Trump has consolidated. Make no mistake: If Republicans in Congress abandon Ukraine to Russian aggression, they do so to please Trump. Every other excuse is a fiction or a lie. - The Atlantic
TakeAway: Protect democracy from dictators in America and in Ukraine. Vote for President Biden and Democrats.
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