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Critics Decry Lindsey Graham’s ‘Emasculated’ Stance On Ukraine Military Aid As Hypocritical

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has come under fire for his recent vote against military aid to Ukraine, a move that contradicts his previous strong stance in support of Ukraine’s efforts to combat Russian invasion forces.

A Shift in Stance

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Graham’s justification for opposing the aid package centered on its failure to address the migrant crisis at the southern border, despite GOP opposition to a bipartisan deal on the same issue.

Public Criticism

Credit: United States Senator Lindsey Graham attends a hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, United States on December 5, 2023. ( Celal Gunes – Anadolu Agency )

Critics, noting the contradiction between Graham’s vote and his earlier declarations, have quickly voiced their disapproval, highlighting the inconsistency in his position on supporting Ukraine.

Journalistic Insight

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Journalist Michael Weiss expressed astonishment at Graham’s transformation, recalling Graham’s private comments in 2016 about the GOP’s handling of Trump and the impact on his late friend John McCain.

Political Reaction

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Former Representative Joe Walsh (R-IL) lamented Graham’s embrace of Trumpian nationalism, marking it as a significant self-compromise over the past eight years.

“Emasculated”

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He declared, “No politician these past 8 years has emasculated themselves more than this one has.”

Accusations of Hypocrisy

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Arnaud Castaignet, vice president of Government Affairs and Public Relations at Skeleton Technologies, pointed out Graham’s previous assurances to Ukrainian President Zelensky, contrasting them with his current actions influenced by Trump’s directives.

Until Trump Tells Him Not To

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at UN 78th GA in New York. September 19, 2023, New York, USA: The Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks at the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. — Photo by thenews2.com

“This man literally went to Kyiv 9 months ago and told Zelensky and Ukrainians, with a straight face, ‘I will continue to stand with and for Ukraine’s freedom until every Russian soldier is expelled from Ukrainian territory,'” remarked Castaignet, who works out of Estonia. “Until Trump tells him not to.”

International Concerns

Credit: Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on January 31, 2024, in Washington, D.C. Even though he voted against a recent bipartisan border deal, Graham still wants action. Alex Wong / Getty Images

Retired General Mark Hertling emphasized the damage Graham’s hypocrisy could be causing to America’s international alliances, suggesting a loss of credibility among allies.

“For those who think our allies aren’t watching and are disgusted by the hypocrisy of US elected officials,” he remarked.

Hypocrisy

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Senator Lindsey Graham’s vote against providing military aid to Ukraine, despite earlier commitments to support the country’s struggle against Russia, has sparked a wave of criticism for what many see as a hypocritical and damaging stance to US foreign policy and international relations.

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