In a tweet on Thursday, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) blasted the House impeachment managers for standing up in front of the Senate and pretending to care deeply about the fact that Ukraine was denied their precious military aid for a couple of months over the summer. Ernst said that to hear House Manager Adam Schiff catastrophize the ramifications of denying Ukraine the aid was laughable, seeing as how he and other House Democrats voted against sending the lethal aid in the first place.
“The Democratic House Managers’ hypocrisy is on full display,” Ernst wrote. “They’ve spent most of their time lecturing the Senate on aid to Ukraine, yet four of them voted AGAINST legislation that provided the very same aid they’re lecturing us on.”
In remarks to reporters earlier in the day, she hit upon the same theme.
“What I find very interesting now is that the House Managers are very, very centered on the fact that Russia was invading Ukraine. And military funding to Ukraine,” she said. “These House managers did nothing of the sort to provide that assistance to Ukraine and yet now they are on their high horse for President Trump not doing enough for Ukraine.”
Ernst noted that Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), one of the House’s point-men on trying the impeachment case, voted against the most recent National Defense Authorization Act, which included “lethal aid to Ukraine” among its provisions. The one before that attracted no votes from Nadler, as well as fellow House impeachment managers Zoe Lofgren and Hakeem Jeffreys.
But this hasn’t stopped these Democrats from blaming Trump for endangering Ukraine.
It didn’t stop Nadler from penning a letter in September (along with Schiff and the other House committee chairs), which said in part: “Ukraine depends on the U.S. for economic, military, and diplomatic support—especially in its attempts to push back against Russian aggression—and is particularly vulnerable to pressure from any U.S. president.”
Indeed – and quite vulnerable to Democrat lawmakers who don’t want to give them that money in the first place.
“This president has done more than they have, and he has done more than the previous administration did,” Ernst said. “This administration has done more than the previous administration did when Crimea was being invaded. I have very strong feelings about that.”
Just one more log on the dumpster fire that is the most partisan impeachment in the history of the United States.