2024 Republicans Side Against Ukraine

MAGA Republican presidential hopefuls are making their stance on freedom and democracy crystal clear: They’re siding against our ally as Vladimir Putin wages an unjust and violent war in Ukraine.

Vivek Ramaswamy is promising to end America’s support of Ukraine — posing a threat to our allies on the ground and democracy itself. 

CBS News: “If Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy wins the presidency, he says he would end U.S. support for Ukraine and instead broker a peace settlement between Russia and Ukraine.”

“And as part of the settlement, he said he would suspend U.S. military assistance to Ukraine, prevent Kyiv from joining NATO and lift Western sanctions against the Kremlin. He would also withdraw all troops from Ukraine and close all bases in Eastern Europe.”

But it’s not just Ramaswamy — Donald Trump has had NO shame in saying he might let Putin “take over” parts of Ukraine, repeatedly praising Putin himself, and touting his and Putin’s “good relationship.” 

Daily Beast: “Fox News Edits Out Trump Saying He Might’ve Let Russia ‘Take Over’ Parts of Ukraine”

Donald Trump on Putin: “We had a very good relationship.”

Washington Post, February 2022: “‘Genius,’ ‘Savvy’: Trump reacts to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine exactly as you’d expect”

Donald Trump, February 2022: “‘I said, ‘“How smart is that?’” He’s going to go in and be a peacekeeper,’ added Trump, who regularly praised and sought close ties with Putin during his time in office. ‘That’s the strongest peace force. We could use that on our southern border. That’s the strongest peace force I’ve ever seen. There were more army tanks than I’ve ever seen. They’re going to keep peace, all right.’”

Donald Trump, February 2022: “Putin is now saying, ‘It’s independent,’ a large section of Ukraine. I said, ‘How smart is that?’ And he’s gonna go in and be a peacekeeper. … Here’s a guy who’s very savvy.”

And Ron DeSantis caught heat for calling Putin’s bloody war a “territorial dispute” and a fight over the “borderlands.”

Ron DeSantis: “You have Ukraine and Russia fighting over kind of the borderlands.”

New York Post: “His assertion, in a statement to Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson, that it is not in America’s ‘vital national interests’ to become ‘further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia’ was strongly criticized by numerous senior Republicans — including Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Marco Rubio.”