Madison Cawthorn knows that his recent comments on Ukraine — for example, his declaration that the country’s government is “evil” and “pushing woke ideologies” — aren’t much more appealing to members of his own party than to anyone else, but he’s not quite sure why. Still, it’s barely two months until the primary in his re-election campaign, and he’s done a lot to make himself an undesirable candidate, so it seems it’s time for him to start making excuses and trying to backpeddle.
In his latest Instagram post, Cawthorn tries to rewrite his controversial statements on Ukraine, pretending that it’s not a matter of him launching ideological attacks on the nation at the same time that they’re facing military attacks from Russia, but just that he wanted to support civilians, rather than the government.
“I don’t stand with Ukraine,” he declares in the post, going on to add that he doesn’t stand with Russia, either, or with the United Nations or NATO. Instead, Cawthorn claims, “I stand with the civilians in each country,” because they’re the ones who suffer, for the decisions of their governments.
Having built this strawman, he declares, “Not sure why that’s offensive to so many people.”
Of course, what Cawthorn has said that people found unacceptable wasn’t “I stand with the civilians,” since that isn’t actually what he’s been saying at all, but his declarations that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a “thug,” and generally for his promotion of Russian anti-Ukrainian propaganda.
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