Although Congressman Cline issued a strong statement denouncing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and supporting diplomatic and economic pressure against the Russian regime, there are some things he should never be allowed to forget.
As NATO rallies to provide weapons and other support to Ukraine to resist the Russian invasion, Cline shouldn’t be allowed to forget that in 2019 he was one of only 22 Republicans in the House of Representatives to vote NO on legislation that blocked President Trump from withdrawing the US from NATO, as Trump said he wanted to do.
And he should be reminded repeatedly of his steadfast support for Trump in 2019 after it was revealed that Trump tried to extort Ukrainian President Zelensky by pressuring him for a political “favor” (providing “dirt” on Joe Biden’s son) in exchange for sending Javelin anti-tank missiles for Ukraine’s defense against a possible Russian invasion. Of course Cline opposed impeaching Trump for this, but he never addressed the fact itself.
Does Cline agree with former secretary of state Mike Pompeo that Trump showed “resolve” in defense of Ukraine?
Finally, Cline needs to be asked constantly why he has never said a critical word about Trump’s long-time and outspoken admiration for the murderous aggressor Vladimir Putin. Most recently:
“I went in yesterday and there was a television screen, and I said, ‘This is genius.’ Putin declares a big portion of Ukraine — Putin declares it as independent. Oh, that’s wonderful,” Trump told a conservative podcaster in an interview published Tuesday.
“I said, ‘How smart is that?’ And he’s gonna go in and be a peacekeeper. … We could use that on our southern border,” the former president said, describing Putin as “a guy who’s very savvy” and whom he knows “very, very well.”
This from the man Cline praised last July as “our great president.”
I don’t think Cline shares Trump’s disgusting affection for Putin. But I do believe he’s a cringing coward for not saying so.