It would be a very grave mistake to believe that Ukraine’s battle for its sovereignty is not on the ballot this November. It is. Right here in our 19th congressional district. It is because the Republican candidate, Marcus Molinaro, is arguing the line developed in the late spring by the Heritage Foundation, when it, too, like Molinaro, abruptly changed course from showing great sympathy for Ukraine and opposition to Russia’s unprovoked aggression and war crimes to actively opposing further aid. The New York Times described how the once singularly hawkish Foundation credits its lobbying efforts for convincing 57 Republican members of the House and 11 Republican members of the Senate to vote against the latest legislation providing materiel and other forms of support to Ukraine.
The Heritage Foundation released a statement unequivocally showing they were towing the pro Russian, pro Vladimir Putin, MAGA line — framing the aid measure as reckless and ill-considered. It is also no secret that the Fox News star Tucker Carlson, proclaims his own brand of anti-Ukraine sentiments. In July, Carlson said, “What he (Putin) does in Ukraine …is not more significant to me than what gas costs. In fact, it’s not even in the same universe.” He also said about Ukraine, “I don’t really care one way or the other because he’s not my president, he doesn’t preside over my country.”
This growing line of far right attack thinly disguises its pro authoritarian world view. Carlson’s influence was evident in August when the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gave authoritarian, pro Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, who Carlson ardently supports, a full throated welcome when he condemned the liberal world order championed by the West.
Molinaro is also a darling of the Fox News circuit, and carries its support for flipping our congressional district. The Republican candidate for CD19 expressed his views on assistance to Ukraine in a meet the candidate event in at the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce. Kingston’s Daily Freeman, reported September 27. Molinaro said, “I believe that as a country we have met our financial obligation to support Ukraine resistance.” Yes, the survival of Ukraine, and stopping Vladimir Putin, which arguably rely on U.S. financial assistance and which is in our long term interests, are squarely on the ballot on Nov. 8.
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