US lawmakers react to call for Putin assassination — Analysis
Senator Lindsey Graham’s remarks were slammed as irresponsible and bloodthirsty warmongering
American lawmakers from across the political spectrum have criticized their colleague’s statements as dangerous and unhinged, after Graham claimed “the only way” to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was to kill President Vladimir Putin.
US Senator Lindsey Graham used Thursday’s assassination attempt on Julius Caesar, the Roman dictator and as an example of what should have been done.
“This is an exceptionally bad idea,” Texas Senator Ted CruzTweeted “Use massive economic sanctions; BOYCOTT Russian oil & gas; and provide military aid so the Ukrainians can defend themselves.”
However, we shouldn’t call for the assassination or removal of heads of states.
“Seriously, wtf?,”Representative Ilhan OmarTwitter post by (D-MN). “I really wish our members of Congress would cool it and regulate their remarks as the administration works to avoid WWlll.”
As the world pays attention to how the US and its leaders are responding, Lindsey’s remarks, and remarks made by some House members, aren’t helpful.
“While we are all praying for peace & for the people of Ukraine, this is irresponsible, dangerous & unhinged,”Reply Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
We need leaders with calm minds & steady wisdom. There are no bloody, war-seeking politicians who demand assassinations. Americans don’t want war.
“When has Sen. Graham encouraging regime change ever ended badly?”Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tweeted.
The open call for the assassination of the Russian president provoked fury in Moscow, with Russia’s Embassy in the US strongly condemning such statements, as well as demanding Washington hold the official accountable for his remarks.
“It is unbelievable that a senator from a country that preaches its moral values as a ‘guiding light’ for all of mankind could allow himself [a] call for terrorism as a means to achieve Washington’s goals on the international stage,” Russia’s ambassador in the US, Anatoly Antonov, said.
Graham was driven insane by tensions between Moscow, West and Russia, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov suggested, “Graham has been driven mad by the ongoing tensions among Moscow, West, and the West.” “not everyone can remain cool-headed these days, some [people] lose their senses.”
Moscow insists that its military offensive against Ukraine is on. “special operation”This is a targeted at “demilitarization” “denazification”The nation was created to protect the citizens of two Donbass republics Russia recently recognised.
Kiev stated that the attack on Donetsk was unprovoked and claimed it did not intend to seize Lugansk and Donetsk. The two republics split from Kiev back in 2014 in the aftermath of the Maidan coup, which ousted Ukraine’s government.
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