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Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) contradicted the view now held by most Republicans about Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and the Ukrainian cause more generally in a new video that has since gone viral.

As WRAL reports:

 — U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina told supporters he thought Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was a “thug”—a comment that runs counter to the overwhelming share of Republicans with a favorable view of the leader fending off a military invasion from Russia.

“Remember that Zelenskyy is a thug,” Cawthorn said in a video obtained by WRAL News. “Remember that the Ukrainian government is incredibly corrupt and is incredibly evil and has been pushing woke ideologies.”

At an event in Rutherford County Thursday night, Cawthorn told supporters, “Honestly, both governments in both Russia and Ukraine are incredibly corrupt and very vile.”

On Twitter, he sought to justify calling Zelenskyy a “thug” by accusing the Ukrainian president of pushing “misinformation on America.” He posted a link to a conservative blog post with examples, including a story of Ukrainian soldiers on Snake Island who were feared to have been killed in a Feb. 24 Russian attack later being reported as “alive and well.”

It was unclear exactly where the video was taken, but likely at one of the events Cawthorn attended in the last week.


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    2. If only they had used reasonable grammar, i might have listened. Um.. it’s “awakened”
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  1. He’s right Ukraine and Russia are both wrong! Both corrupt! Why arre US bio labs there? On Russian border which provokes the Russians? We know Putin is evil why provoke him. If Russia had bio labs on our border we would not put up w it! Lots of wrong players here!

    1. Because the Bio labs are Soviet bio labs. Like other bio labs , they have been there for a long time. There are bio labs all over the world, so that when an outbreak, man made or natural happens, the stuff to stop it is close by. Your hospital carries rattlesnake venom in its stores for the same reason,

    2. And yet we allow the fentonyl to come in by the tons near our border and we look the other way. Plus, look at our own government….greed, corruption and on and on. Many governments around the world could say the same things about us.

    3. So you think you’ve explained bombing hospitals-babies and children-When did Putin discuss this issue???? His “concern” about bio-labs? When did he ask for “talks” to address his concerns, BEFORE HE DECIDED TO BOMB THE HELL OUT UKRAINE AND KILL A WHOLE LOT OF INNOCENT PEOPLE??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE ONLY THING HE VOICED CONCERN ABOUT WAS Ukraine MAY BE admitted to NATO…….

  2. Yes. Zelensky, “the corrupt thug,” is most certainly of a piece with Putin, Trudeau, Schwab, Gates, Fauci, Biden, AOC, Soros, Zuckerberg, major American “media,” the climate-change hoaxers and the vast majority of low-slime Beltway dwellers. Help the suffering Ukrainians by all means, but not Zelensky. The media con-job that dumped on us with a mind-bending, fear-engendering, false pandemic and destructive shut-down is doing the same with Zelensky. Why? Major U.S. media collectively is nothing but a corrupt thug itself.

  3. LISTEN UP….The ONLY THUG in this PICTURE is PUTIN. GOD is Going to Make PUTIN Pay for SHEDDING INNOCENT BLOOD. GOD Rules MEN. HE has the LAST WORD. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄😇😇😇

  4. No one is perfect! No country is perfect! Let’s just stick with the facts, if we can. It’s just not right to be spreading falsehoods. Where’s the proof???

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  6. Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn is an idiot and has the mental stability of a communist democrat cult party member! Possibly and probably a rino!

  7. What is Cawthorn smoking! So who’s the thug?! He’s not bombing hospitals and killing pregnant women, sick kids and the elderly!!! Cawthorn, you turned out to a real dumbass!! Must have PTSD by big bucks!

    1. Our leaders should make it clear that there will be no Marshall Plan to rebuild Ukraine like we did Europe after WW11. Russia cannot win this war and when it’s over and Ukraine is rebuilt, the UN should total up all of the costs to rebuild and hand Russia a reparations bill. And the longer he keeps destroying, the larger the bill will be. It will, also, include payments to families who have lost their breadwinners. Better have your cyanide capsule ready. It isn’t going to be pretty for you.

  8. on stopworldcontroldotcom, I saw photos that had been used to report war atrocities in ukraine, with the same exact photo next to it that had been used years ago for a different reason. there were several of such photos. now when I look at stories on the war, I note the source of the photo; sometimes it’s from getty images, which are stock photos people buy

  9. I grew up in NC, went to Perquimans County High School and to East Caroling University, and Representative Cawthorn should be ashamed of himself for calling Selenskyy a thug – under the circumstances in Ukraine at this time. Yes, governing in Ukraine has been less than stellar, but Zelenskyy is a hero, John Elliott, Sun City West, AZ

  10. Take a look at Putin. HE invaded Ukraine-Obviously this man does not know what a “thug” looks like.

  11. Rep. Cawthorn, I contributed to your election campaign and think you’re a good man, but you need to re-think this. We’ve been down this road before:
    Battista was corrupt, they told us; so we abandoned him and got Castro and the Communists.
    Chiang Kai Shek was corrupt, they told us; so we pulled the rug out from under him and got Mao and the Communists.
    Diem was corrupt, they told us; so we engineered his assassination and got the Communists.
    I’ve lectured in Ukraine on constitution reform. Their government isn’t perfect (come to think of it, neither is ours), but they are trying to establish a free constittional government.
    Back in the early 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine was left with more nukes than any other country except the U.S. and Russia. Clinton pressured Ukraine to give up its nukes for nonproliferation purposes, in exchange for a firm commitment that the US and the UK would protect their sovereignty. This is a firm commitment, every bit as binding as NATO.
    Do we keep our word? I hope so.

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