Hardly re-elected Rep. Lauren Boebert received the common headline-creating scorn she cannot distinguish from praise very last week immediately after publicly dissing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for the duration of Zelensky’s handle to Congress. Becoming a member of with Rep. Matt Gaetz to ostentatiously sit out recurring standing ovations for Zelensky though scrolling on their phones, Boebert introduced afterward that she would be a no on any potential aid to Ukraine in their defense against the ongoing Russian invasion.
As Newsweek claimed yesterday, the Motherland is grateful for the sympathy:
Representatives Lauren Boebert and Matt Gaetz have been praised on Russian condition Television set right after they refused to clap and be a part of a standing ovation for Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky in Congress past week.
In a clip shared by Russian Media Monitor—an unbiased undertaking checking Russian information media—TV host and Kremlin propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov noted on Zelensky’s unannounced stop by to Washington on December 21 with a aim on the Republican figures that have greeted the Ukrainian chief with skepticism: Boebert, Gaetz and Fox News host Tucker Carlson…
“Congress associates Gaetz and Boebert didn’t clap,” Kiselyov claimed. “They demonstratively remained seated and did not jump up. You can experience the fatigue in Washington more than the boundless help to Ukraine.”
If you are a Russian propagandist, undoubtedly you want to persuade a sense of “fatigue” about American help for Ukraine, a country that has defied all the predictions made early in the war and doggedly held on versus Russian aggression. But regretably for Vladimir Putin and Lauren Boebert, that is not what the polls say:
A Reuters/Ipsos poll in Oct identified that 73 per cent of Individuals — including 81 % of Democrats and 66 percent of Republicans — favor continued U.S. assistance for Ukraine in opposition to Russia.
This tracks with a poll from the Chicago Council of International Affairs conducted in November. It uncovered 65 percent of Us citizens assist continuing to aid Ukraine with arms, 66 percent aid continuing economic assist and 75 % favor continuing sanctions on Russia.
Just before Boebert arrived inside 550 votes of dropping her ostensibly protected Republican seat this yr, taking a posture wildly at odds with the overpowering consensus of general public feeling was regarded aspect of her attraction. Seen by way of the lens of Boebert’s vulnerability shown in this year’s elections, it is a warning that Boebert has figured out nothing at all from practically losing–despite her offhanded guarantee in a single Tweet to enable “take down the temperature” in Washington.
In addition to at any time-current Russian propaganda on social media and Tucker Carlson’s monologues, animus in opposition to Ukraine from the MAGA motion goes all the way back to the 1st impeachment of Donald Trump. But that animus has not aged very well, and today it has the influence of furnishing support and comfort and ease to the enemy on the organization conclusion of all all those billions of pounds we have expended serving to to defend Ukraine.
There was a time in historical past when that by yourself could stop a political job faster than you can say “Jeanette Rankin.” While Lauren Boebert’s re-election in 2024 likely will not hinge on carrying water for Vladimir Putin, we never see how this can probably assistance her.
And a 550-vote election can hinge on just about anything.