John Micek — With the war in Ukraine, the Republicans base their religion on democracy


Representative Scott Perry, a Pennsylvania Republican who once advised President Donald Trump’s White House to undermine the 2020 election results, and who was the target of the United States House committee investigating the 6 January 2021 at the United States Capitol, has now found a democracy to defend.

It’s in Kyiv.

Taking to Twitter, Perry denounced Russian strongman Vladimir Putin as a “murderous thug” who “targets civilians and his rogue regime is brought to justice,” thundered Perry, a veteran, who played a ” key role” in Trump’s failed plot two years ago. to oust his acting attorney general and replace him with one more sympathetic to Trump’s factless and debunked claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

Perry is not alone, of course.


Other Republicans, seemingly immune to the epic cognitive dissonance it takes to simultaneously condemn Russia and stand in solidarity with Ukraine, even as they remain members of a political party that rejects the Capitol sacking as an exercise in “legitimate political discourse”, also courageously and without irony enter the breach.

Take House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

During a recent appearance on “Fox & Friends,” the leading House Republican slammed President Joe Biden for dragging his feet on military assistance to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s government.

“The challenge we have is that these are the actions that we could have done before on the part of this administration to make sure today didn’t happen,” McCarthy told the network. “We could have supplied the weapons to Ukraine. They’re not asking for American troops, they’re just asking for the ability to fight.

McCarthy also noted that Ukraine had been “overtaken” by Russia and said “we could have prevented that from happening.”

McCarthy had no such reservations about Trump, however, as journalist Aaron Rupar notes. The House GOP leader, who worked diligently to purge his conference of all Trump apostates “strongly opposed the impeachment of Trump for using military aid to extort Ukraine,” Rupar recently observed on Twitter.

It’s safe to say that Republicans who embraced Trump and looked the other way for his warm embrace of the “murderous thug” in Moscow whose regime meddled in the 2016 election now face a credibility gap. as wide as the Volga towards which they rush to get on the right side of history.

And something will have to be done. In a Fox News poll released last month, before the Russian invasion, more Republicans had a negative opinion of Biden than Putin. And if their current contortions weren’t so realistic, they could almost be fun.

“Clearly there is a bipartisan consensus in the House and Senate to back Ukraine with guns and impose even tougher sanctions on Putin,” fellow Pennsylvania Republican Dan Meuser wrote on Twitter afterward. having joined a bipartisan call with Zelenskyy last weekend.

Now let’s rewind a year.

Hours after the murderous horde stormed the Capitol in January 2021, Meuser still joined seven of his home state GOP colleagues in opposing Pennsylvania’s election results. And, much like his fellow Republicans who all won reelection under the same ground rules, Meuser did not challenge the legitimacy of his own contest.

Some attempts to violently overthrow democratically elected governments have simply struck differently, it seems.

Despite his own declining polls, Biden got a small bounce off his State of the Union address, which featured a tough rhetoric on Russia and ardent support for Ukraine. Voters narrowly approve of Biden’s handling of the growing crisis, 46%-42%, in a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll.

That might not be enough to save Biden and his fellow Democrats as they try to cling on to the House and Senate this fall.

But they can spend every minute between now and November reminding voters that, when it counts, the GOP in Congress misses the mark when it’s their turn to defend democracy at home.

John L. Micek can be contacted at [email protected]

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