During an interview he gave Sunday to Fox host Maria Bartiromo, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) tried to suggest that the Russian invasion of Ukraine which began last week could be laid at the feet of Democrats in Congress for daring to impeach former President Donald Trump when he was accused of extorting the nation of Ukraine, demanding dirt on Joe Biden in exchange for releasing $400 million in military aid to defend against Russian aggression.
Here’s what Johnson told Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures”:
“I don’t think Vladimir Putin would have moved on Ukraine were it not for the weakness displayed ― certainly by the Biden administration, but by the West in general. I’m certainly hoping that Col. Vindman, Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi ― who used Ukraine as a pawn in their impeachment travesty ― are also recognizing and reflecting about how they weakened Ukraine, weakened the West, weakened America by the divisive politics that they play.”
Ron Johnson blames Vindman, Pelosi, and Adam Schiff for weakening Ukraine with Trump’s impeachment pic.twitter.com/61KmZlFy7W
— Acyn (@Acyn) February 27, 2022
It would be much more appropriate to blame what’s happening in Ukraine right now on Trump, his feckless foreign policy, his greed, and his desperate attempt to win a second term in office so he wouldn’t have to face civil and criminal charges for the many alleged crimes he’s committed over the course of his life.
And that’s exactly what Johnson was told by a plethora of distinguished critics who gave the senator a much-needed history lesson:
.@SenRonJohnson is clearly confused:
It was Trump who withheld military aid from Ukraine. It was Trump who demanded a “favor” from Zelenskyy in exchange for the aid. It was Trump who weakened Ukraine. And it was Senator Johnson who voted to acquit.
Sit this one out, Senator. https://t.co/TSS7UvpJoY
— Adam Schiff (@AdamSchiff) February 27, 2022
My dude: You used your position as a senator to push the lie that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election. That lie was fed to you by -Russian intelligence-. The FBI warned you. You blew them off.
To recap: You acted as a witting Russian agent. This. Is. On. You.* https://t.co/tzroM80zhZ
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) February 28, 2022
Putin’s favorite senator. A Putin lickspittle. A useful idiot to Russia. Ladies and Gentlemen, Ron Johnson! https://t.co/O0TSUq00nG
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) February 28, 2022
Johnson is up for reelection in November, and if there’s any justice in the world of politics, he’ll lose and be sent back to Wisconsin, provided the people of the Badger State will still have him.
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