The Ukrainian minister of foreign affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, has had it up to here with rich, privileged, white men in Congress who think they somehow have the right to make life and death decisions for people they do not know or care about and, due to the unfortunate circumstances of the American government, maintain the power and authority to actually do so.
And he’s letting them know it.
This morning, Kuleba took to Twitter where he brutally and publicly called out Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul for making an absolute ass out of himself yesterday and personally had a hand in delaying a $40 billion aid package from the United States to assist the country of Ukraine amid the ongoing, devastating invasion and war they are suffering through at the hands of Russia and Vladimir Putin.
“We could have already started using the U.S. assistance package to more effectively save lives of Ukrainians who defend the democratic world,” Kuleba wrote in the fiery tweet, making note that President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and numerous US lawmakers from both political parties have expressed their support for the aid package.
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The Ukrainian official went on to state that Rand Paul, alone, “delayed so much needed support.”
We could have already started using the new U.S. assistance package to more effectively save lives of Ukrainians who defend the democratic world. @POTUS, @SecBlinken, @SenateGOP, @SenateDems and American people were in strong support, and @RandPaul delayed so much needed support.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) May 13, 2022
The package in question, that Rand Paul was willing to show his ass over, would provide both military and humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine. It also allotted $5 billion to address global food shortages that are currently ongoing as a result of the disruption in Ukrainian agriculture. The aid package unsurprisingly passed in the House with broad bipartisan support, only seeing a handful of Republican House Reps., such as Georgia’s controversial Marjorie Taylor Greene, voting in opposition of the package.
However, the Senate serves as its own mountain to climb in the face of the Ukrainian people’s desperate need, as it would only take one single senator to prevent unanimous consent to pass a bill. That would, in turn, force the bill to go through a much longer, troublesome process before it could pass and be used to save Ukrainian lives.
Rand Paul has personally been a problem since Russia first invaded Ukraine, even being accused of preaching Kremlin propaganda when describing the Russian invasion of the country, when he openly suggested that Russia is justified in its actions to prevent the expansion of the NATO military alliance and even stating that the Ukrainian territory Russian forces are invading and attacking is historically “part of Russia.”
Frankly, I don’t know how Kuleba had the self-control to not say much, much worse about Rand Paul.
Featured image via Flickr/Gage Skidmore, under Creative Commons license 2.0