First, two quotes from former ambassador Nikki Haley. I can visualize her talking out of both sides of her mouth simultaneously.
Putin knows it’s costly, and he knows he can’t do it. This is him leveraging to see what he can get. He doesn’t want to expand… I don’t think Russia wants to go to war.— In an interview with Brian Kilmeade on January 26, 2022
When an evil dictator thug says they’re going to do something, we need to believe them. Putin said he was going to take Ukraine, and he is.— in an interview with Dave Rubin on March 7, 2022 (just 40 days later)
Either way, I’m sure the GOP will blame everything on the Democrats. After all, they are already doing crazier things. For example, on a UFC podcast Donald Trump was asked how he sees the war in Ukraine unfolding, and he went off on a rant about windmills and “green energy”. Seriously.
Speaking of people who seem morally unbalanced, giving a speech to Republicans last weekend, North Carolina Congressperson Madison Cawthorn seemed to blame the invasion of Ukraine on (wait for it), Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy and “woke ideologies”:
Remember that Zelenskyy is a thug. Remember that the Ukrainian government is incredibly corrupt and is incredibly evil and has been pushing woke ideologies.
This is also a pretty stupid thing to say, as 61% of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Zelenskyy, compared to 6% with an unfavorable opinion. In fact, the North Carolina house just passed a resolution in support of Ukraine (unanimously, 112-0) put forward by the GOP House Speaker.