Focus on World News: As Russia Invades Ukraine, U.S. Right-Wing Figures Blame Biden, ‘Stolen Election’

Marsha Blackburn: American Senator or fifth-columnist for the Putin-Trump team?

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, February 24, 2022. It is a warm Florida winter day in the Tampa Bay area, but I’m afraid it’s going to be hotter. Presently, the temperature is 78˚F (26˚C) under sunny conditions. With humidity at 68% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), it feels like 77˚F (25˚C). Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 90˚F (32˚C). Tonight, skies will be clear. The low will be 65˚F (18˚F).

As I expected, Russia attacked Ukraine at several points in the eastern part of the country last night. So far, the invaders are striving to hit military targets, but Moscow’s cyber attacks are affecting government websites, banks, and Internet access in Ukraine. Kyiv has cut diplomatic relations with Moscow, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy – a former actor-comedian who, sadly, is in over his head – is urging his nation to stand up to Russian aggression.

As if the advance of Russian tanks, armored personnel carriers, trucks, self-propelled artillery, and other hardware for belligerence wasn’t bad enough, it is infuriating to see the response to Putin’s aggression in Eastern Europe by Donald J. Trump and the American right. From the former President on down to Fox’s Putin defending host Tucker Carlson to random idiots on the Twitterverse, American “conservatives” are either cheering for Putin or trying to say they’re Ukraine supporters but blame President Joe Biden for “allowing” Russia to invade.

Here are some of the ramblings from the rabid right:

Per an article by The Wrap’s Ross A. Lincoln, former President (and Putin’s favorite useful idiot) Donald Trump not only blamed a “weak” Biden for Russia’s invasion of its neighbor, but he also trotted out his false claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him:

Since leaving office, Donald Trump has continually pushed the falsehood that the 2020 election was somehow rigged against him, and so it is that he did it again Wednesday night while speaking to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. The twist this time? Trump used the falsehood as a way to blame Joe Biden for Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.

If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt aware that earlier Wednesday evening, Russia formally invaded Ukraine. In a speech announcing the invasion, Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin A) claimed the goal is to “de-nazify” Ukraine, and B) made what looked like a veiled threat of nuclear war against anyone who dare interferes. It’s scary stuff to be sure.

Anyway, the disgraced former president called in to Ingraham’s Fox News show while she was discussing the situation.

During their conversation, Trump attempted to imply he had some kind of secret arrangement with Putin that prevented this kind of thing during his presidency. And then of course, they agreed with one another that Russia’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine is actually Joe Biden’s fault.

“Given what’s unfolded, sadly with a lot of weakness in the United States, they just decided to go for it,” Ingraham said. “I mean it looks like they’re going for it. And where does that leave the NATO alliance?”

Then Trump said: “I think that’s what happened, he was going to be satisfied with a piece, and now he sees the weakness and incompetence and stupidity of this administration. And as an American I’m angry about it, and I’m saddened by it, and it all happened because of a rigged election.”

On Twitter, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) tried to have it both ways by (a) tut-tutting Putin’s invasion of Ukraine while at the same time she tried to inflame her supporters’ anti-immigrant sentiments and, conveniently, change the topic.

Here’s two-faced Marsha claiming to oppose Putin but using Russia’s invasion to bash Biden.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn @MarshaBlackburn

The Biden administration has demonstrated incompetence when it comes to Russia and Communist China.

1:57 PM · Feb 23, 2022·Twitter for iPhone

Sen. Marsha Blackburn @MarshaBlackburn

Under Biden, the prices you pay at checkout are higher than they should be.

6:19 PM · Feb 23, 2022·Twitter for iPhone

Sen. Marsha Blackburn @MarshaBlackburn

The Biden administration has completely neglected our southern border.

9:23 PM · Feb 23, 2022·Twitter for iPad

Of course, Blackburn is now a “hawk” against Putin and his invasion of Ukraine, but she does not criticize Donald Trump for continuing to claim that the election in 2020 was rigged and he would have done so much better than the current President in handling the crisis.

And here Is pro-Trump, pro-Putin GOP supporting media personality Tomi Lahren weighing in with her own brand of anti-immigrant, isolationist bullshit:

Tomi Lahren @TomiLahren

**BREAKING NEWS** OUR country has been invaded by over 2 million illegal immigrants in the last year. Perhaps we should defend our border before we fight battles for other nations? Just a thought.

9:13 AM · Feb 24, 2022·Twitter for iPhone

It’s beyond sickening that the U.S. is being emasculated by American citizens (all white, all conservative, all believers, to varying degrees, in white supremacy) who are lackeys of a hostile Russian autocrat.  

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Party of Lincoln has, sadly, become the Party of Putin.

Sources:

Trump Pushes False Election Claims – Again – to Blame Biden for Russia’s Ukraine Invasion

Marsha Blackburn’s Twitter account

Tomi Lahren’s Twitter account

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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