Democrats who openly criticized President Donald Trump for withholding aid to Ukraine voted against providing such assistance. Such action “races past hypocrisy,” political analyst Deroy Murdock said.
Since last year’s impeachment of the president in the House, the Democrats, who throughout the investigation were unable to produce the relevant evidence, have accused Trump of making assistance to Ukraine conditional on the Ukrainian government investigating the son of Joe Biden, his possible opponent in this year’s presidential elections.
Hunter Biden was involved in a mega-corruption case involving one of Ukraine’s leading gas companies.
The truth is that the Trump administration waited 55 days before releasing the funds to Ukraine and both President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy clarified on several occasions that there was no pressure and, in fact, to clear up doubts, the White House published the transcript of the conversation between the two leaders where President Trump allegedly incurred in a “quid pro quo” (giving something in exchange for something else).
Since August 2019, when the so-called Ukraine Case came to light, Democratic Party officials have harshly accused President Trump not only of corruption but also of not having sent military aid to Ukraine quickly enough, which—according to the Democrats—put the national security of the United States at risk.
“If the president cared about national security he would not have blocked military assistance to a vulnerable strategic ally in the attempt to secure personal political favor for himself,” said, for example, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
“We will show that he betrayed vital national interests, specifically our national security, by withholding diplomatic support and military aid from Ukraine,” added one of the main proponents of the impeachment.
President Trump’s conduct “was inconsistent with and diverged from American national security and American values,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.).
“Ukraine remains at war with Russia. … It desperately needs our support,” added Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.).
“Races past hypocrisy”
“Given how pivotal these Democrats say Ukraine is to America’s national security (…) surely these members of Congress did everything within their power to speed military aid to Ukraine,” commentator Deroy Murdock said.
However, the political analyst clarifies, the three Democrats mentioned voted against the Ukraine aid package in 2018.
On July 26, 2018, the three congressmen voted against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019, which included $250 million in security aid for Ukraine.
The vote was 359-54, with Nadler, Lofgren, and Jeffries among the minority who said ‘no’ to the bill proposing to help Ukraine.
Moreover, Nadler, one of the visible faces of the Trump trial, voted against the NDAA for fiscal yearY 2018, which included aid to Ukraine.
But in case there was any doubt about the Judiciary Committee Chairman’s position, he opposed the $300 million in aid to Ukraine when he voted against the NDAA for fiscal year 2020.
Paradoxically, Nadler’s last vote was on Dec. 11, 2019, two days after he presided over a Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing and exactly one week before he was one of the House’s representatives for the Dec. 17 debate and Dec. 18 votes on the articles challenging the Trump trial.
While 40 other Democrats rejected the NDAA, which contained the aid to Ukraine, on that day, 188 Democrats supported this bill.
” If Ukraine is a necessary condition for America’s national security—so much so that President Trump’s hold on this aid triggered Nadler to co-direct the effort to pry him from office—why didn’t Nadler join 188 of his Democrat colleagues and vote ‘Yea’?” Murdock wonders.
In fact, the bill passed by a majority, 377-48. However, Nadler sided with the few who rejected aid to Ukraine.
Counting these votes, in total, Nadler resisted providing $550 million in military assistance to Kyiv.
“This races past hypocrisy. Rather, it’s shocking, outrageous, and disgusting,” Murdock noted in a recent column on Fox News.
Murdock noted that while these three representatives led the impeachment and rejected the aid, President Trump delivered the $391 million in question to Ukraine on Sept. 11, 2019, after a 55-day hiatus to confirm that newly elected President Zelenskiy would keep his anti-corruption promises.
The assistance authorized by the White House, 19 days before the legal deadline of Sept. 30, included Javelin missiles, “perfect for the high-speed recycling of Russian tanks into white-hot scrap metal,” Murdock said.
“In contrast, Democratic deity Obama sent Ukraine pillows, blankets, and hot cocoa. (…) And President Trump is the bad guy here?” Murdock concludes.