The outcry was hilarious but also showed how dumb the Republicans in the Senate are.
Once again, Senate Republicans take the media at their word and respond without knowing what they are talking about.
Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin asked South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds if he disagreed with Florida Gov Ron DeSantis’s comments on Ukraine. Griffen told Rounds that DeSantis said Ukraine aid is not in the US national security interest.
“I would disagree with him in that regard….China is watching this, Xi Jinping is watching everything going on,” Rounds said.
When NBC News heard that, they took it and ran with it.
“I completely disagree with his comments,” said Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee.
Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., told NBC News: “I’d certainly hate to send a signal to [Russian President] Vladimir Putin that we’re not concerned about him, and I’d certainly hate to send a signal to other allies around the world that you’re on your own. Because that could lead to a nuclear proliferation that we’ve been avoiding for decades. So no, I do think it’s in our interest.”
Senator Marco Rubio said, “It’s not a territorial dispute in the sense that — any more than it would be a territorial dispute if the United States decided that it wanted to invade Canada or take over the Bahamas,” Rubio told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. “Just because someone claims something doesn’t mean it belongs to them. This is an invasion.”
Rubio added: “I don’t know what he’s trying to do or what the goal is. Obviously, he doesn’t deal with foreign policy every day as governor.”
Senator Graham hinted that DeSantis doesn’t have the experience to understand the situation.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said DeSantis’ comments reflected a “misunderstanding of the situation.”
There’s just one problem…That’s not what DeSantis said.
Below is the exact quote from DeSantis:
While the U.S. has many vital national interests – securing our borders, addressing the crisis of readiness within our military, achieving energy security and independence, and checking the economic, cultural, and military power of the Chinese Communist Party – becoming further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them. The Biden administration’s virtual “blank check” funding of this conflict for “as long as it takes,” without any defined objectives or accountability, distracts from our country’s most pressing challenges.
Look, I don’t care who you support in the Republican primary Senators have to be smarter than this. I don’t care which candidate they are talking about if the press asks a question you have a staff; RESEARCH it first.
Also, it’s very telling that NBC News didn’t ask the Senator to comment on what former President Trump said about Ukraine, who said he would end the conflict immediately.
NEW: Republican senators push back on @RonDeSantisFL over Ukraine.
WICKER: “I completely disagree with his comments.”
CRAMER: “it’s in our interest”
GRAHAM: “This is a war of aggression”
RUBIO: “he doesn’t deal with foreign policy every day”
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) March 15, 2023
I’d love to hear what Senator Lindsey Graham would have to say about what Trump said, especially after he basically made a call to action for war on Sean Hannity’s show. Also it appears that Graham “misunderstood the situation” by taking the media at their word.
Lindsey Graham on the encounter between a US drone and Russian planes: “What would Ronald Reagan do right now? He would start shooting Russian planes down if they were threatening our assets.” pic.twitter.com/rmO4Vl6dd8
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 15, 2023
Republican Senators have to start being a little smarter than this, and they constantly let the media dictate the narrative.
The RINOs in the Senate want Nikki Haley, and it’s not going to happen.