Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s impassioned address to Congress on Wednesday morning left most lawmakers in the hall in awe of his bravery, some even close to crying — but two Republican rioters seemed largely unaffected.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ge) was seen checking her phone as her colleagues gave Zelensky a standing ovation before his remarks.
Meanwhile, Rep. Madison Cawthorne (RNC) has missed that part entirely, along with most of the Ukrainian president’s speech, according to the New York Times.
Although after the short segment he attended, the new deputy declared that “passion should not guide foreign policy” despite the call of the majority of his party to send more arms and aid to Kyiv.
Hours after the speech, President Joe Biden issued his strongest condemnation of Vladimir Putin yet, calling the autocrat a “war criminal.”
Greene and Cawthorne, who both took office in 2021, were among the minority of Republican lawmakers who have called for less US involvement in Ukraine’s resistance to the Russian invasion.
Passion should not guide our foreign policy. The United States must be extraordinarily careful to implement a logical and rational foreign policy that tactfully strengthens the Ukrainian people while putting America first.
The North Carolina congressman was filmed on video earlier this month criticizing Zelensky as “thugs” and describing his democratically elected government as “corrupt” and “evil.”
Nearly all lawmakers in Congress stood up to greet Ukrainian President Zelensky when he appeared via a video link on Wednesday morning. Green (brown dress, right) can be seen holding her hands steady as her classmates applaud
At one point, he bent down to check her phone, seemingly uninterested in joining in the praise of her fellow legislators.
However, Green appears to have attended the entire speech.
Shortly before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) introduced Ukraine’s leader, he appeared via video link and was greeted by enthusiastic applause from nearly the entire room.
The outspoken Georgian Republic stood shoulder to shoulder with the other lawmakers, but instead of applauding, she called her phone.
Green took to Twitter on Tuesday evening, accusing the United States and NATO of financing “neo-Nazis” in Ukraine.
Its claims center around a Ukraine-based nationalist paramilitary group called the Azov Battalion.
The fringe group, which has no widespread influence on Ukraine’s multi-ethnic society led by a Jewish president, has fueled claims by Russian leader Vladimir Putin that he is attacking the country to rid it of “Nazi” rule.
Rep. Madison Cawthorne, who previously called Zelensky a “thug,” only entered the room at the end of the speech.
Azov was absorbed into Ukraine’s National Guard in 2014, when the country’s underfunded and insufficiently trained army sought the help of militia groups to fight Russian-backed separatists in the eastern Donbass region.
Democrats have been calling Republicans, President Trump, and his supporters Nazis since 2015. But Democrats have funded *actually* Nazis since the Obama/Biden administration. Funding for neo-Nazis in Ukraine only stopped under President Trump.
She noted that the United States and Ukraine voted against a resolution criticizing the glorification of Nazism at the United Nations. US diplomats said they rejected the decision because of concerns that it would limit freedom of expression protected by the Constitution.
Green also introduced the $1.5 trillion government funding bill that President Joe Biden signed into law on Tuesday.
It incorrectly stated that the package, which included nearly $14 billion in humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine, contained only money for “lethal” aid.
Last week, Congress voted to fund Ukraine with $13.6 billion in killer aid. How much US taxpayer money will end up in the hands of the neo-Nazis in Ukraine? Green asked.
Her latest explosive tweet was that NATO was directly supplying the “neo-Nazis of Ukraine” with weapons and training.
Above all, NATO was supplying the neo-Nazis in Ukraine with powerful weapons and extensive training in how to use them. What the hell is going on with these #NATONazis?
She added a link to a Belarusian media outlet called Nexta, which published pictures of Ukrainian fighters being trained with grenade launchers. At least one person in the photo was carrying the Azov battalion’s patch on his shoulder.
A shipment of NLAW grenade launchers and trainers from #NATO countries has arrived in #Kharkiv. The Azov regiment was the first to learn about the new weapons.
Right-wing think tank Atlantic Council once accused Nesta of “spreading now and then[ing] Misleading information that appeared to be credible on the surface but turned out to be inaccurate.
Zelensky’s speech on Wednesday morning was widely praised by lawmakers, praising him for Ukraine’s impressive resistance against a much larger and better-equipped Russian army.
He cited infamous US tragedies such as Pearl Harbor and the September 11 terrorist attacks to outline the scale of devastation his country is grappling with as Putin’s invasion continues into its third week.
“Our country goes through the same experience every day,” Zelensky said.
Zelensky made an impassioned plea for more American aid during his emotional speech, evoking comparisons with Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and Martin Luther King, Jr.. The Ukrainian sky has turned into a source of death for thousands of people. Russian forces fired 1,000 missiles at Ukraine. They are using drones to kill us with precision
At the moment, this moment, every night for three weeks, in various Ukrainian cities, Russia has turned the skies of Ukraine into a source of death for thousands of people. Russian forces fired 1,000 missiles at Ukraine. They use drones to kill us with precision.
The wartime president also relied on Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech to reiterate his request for a no-fly zone over Ukraine – something US and NATO officials have repeatedly dismissed over fears of a direct confrontation with Russia escalating into World War Three.
“If that’s a big demand, we’re offering an alternative,” he said of the no-fly zone.
You know what kind of defense systems we need. You know how much depends on the ability to use aircraft to protect our people and our freedom. Aircraft that can help Ukraine, help Europe.
He continued, “I have a dream.” I have a need. I need to protect our skies. I need your help, which means the same thing you feel when you hear the words you dreamed of.
Zelensky ended up with a direct appeal to Biden and the traditional role of the United States as the leader of the free world.
On Tuesday night, Green engaged in a sermon on Twitter accusing the United States and NATO of financing Nazis in Ukraine, apparently referring to the fringe nationalist group, the Azov Battalion. The neo-Nazi group fights Russia alongside the Ukrainian Defense Forces but does not have a wide influence on its government
In the end, being a leader of the world means being a leader of peace. Peace in your country does not depend only on you and your people. It depends on who are next to you and who are powerful.
The veteran fighter and Senator Jonny Ernst (R-Iowa) admitted that the speech made her emotional, adding, “It makes me want to put on my uniform and go help.”
“In the face of a cruel and unjustified Russian invasion, the brave and heroic leadership of the President mobilized his nation and inspired the entire world,” Pelosi said on the House floor following these remarks. Our members were deeply moved by his powerful statements today – as well as the agonizing footage he shared showing Putin’s inhuman terrorism, brutally committing war crimes against children.
Senator Roger Marshall (R-K) called on the Biden administration to intensify its aid to Ukraine.
President Zelensky challenged our nation that if you want to be a leader of the world, you have to be a leader of peace. But, you can’t make peace if you lead from behind – we need President Biden and Europe to step up and lead,” he said during a press conference after the speech.
Fellow Senator from Kansas, Jerry Moran (R-K), said Zelensky’s speech was ‘a powerful and poignant reminder that the United States must continue to take action to assist Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s unprovoked attack, and to aid refugees fleeing Ukraine’ NATO support. allies and making sure that Vladimir Putin pays the price for his aggression.