Republicans who support Russian President Vladimir Putin Mitch McConnell said there were “lone voices” in the party because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
But the Senate Minority Leader evaded a call to say so Republicans He should be expelled from the party or at least face disciplinary action.
Support or admiration for Putin takes a toll on the Republican Party.
Donald Trump, a former president who maintains a firm grip on the Republican Party, called the Russian president “smart” while denouncing the war in Ukraine.
Madison Cawthorne and Marjorie Taylor Green, two far-right members of Congress and ardent Trump supporters, made controversial statements on their part.
Cawthorne has named Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine who addressed Congress last week, is a “thug” and his government is “incredibly evil”. Green said the United States should not financially support Ukraine in a war it cannot win.
The Kentucky senator was asked, “Is there a place in the Republican Party for this rhetoric and why isn’t there more discipline?
“Well, there are some solitary voices out there in a different place,” McConnell said.
“But looking at the Republicans in the Senate, I can tell you that I would have been the majority leader putting this Ukraine supplement in. [aid package] per se ‘instead of existence included In the Government Finance Bill.
“I think every one of my members would have voted for it,” McConnell added. “The vast majority of the Republican Party, both in Congress and across the country, is completely behind the Ukrainians and urging [Joe Biden] To take these steps faster. To be more daring.
“So, there might be some lonely voices on the side. I won’t pay much attention to them.”
It appears that some of McConnell’s fellow Republican leaders are not. On Friday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was asked about Cawthorne’s remark about Zelensky.
“Madison is wrong,” McCarthy said. “If there is any serial killer in this world, it is Putin.”
McCarthy also said he supported Cawthorne’s bid for re-election. He does not support Cheney in the same endeavor. After all, the Wyoming congresswoman faced rare partisan discipline and lost a leadership role, after she joined the Jan. 6 committee, investigating the Trump supporters’ attack on Congress.
McCarthy endorsed Cheney’s opponent.
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