June 02, 2023

Mixed Signals


Mixed Signals
Lindsey Graham speaking at the Iowa GOP's Growth and Opportunity Party in Des Moines, Iowa on October 31, 2015. Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons.

After a visit to Kiev and a meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky, US Senator Lindsey Graham said his comments were taken out of context and clarified his initial remarks regarding assistance from the United States to Ukraine. He said his comments were intended to commend the resilience of Ukrainians in resisting Russia's invasion.

An uproar ensued after a short video was published on May 26, that edited the senator's comments out of context, combing the phrases, "Russians are dying" and "We have never spent money so well," comments that were not otherwise connected.

Reuters noted that the initial release of the video did not clarify that these phrases were spoken at different parts of the conversation.

In fact, Graham said that the U.S. aid to Ukraine – and not the deaths of Russians – was a valuable investment in global security.

Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman, was set off by the mangled video edit: “The old fool Senator Lindsey Graham said that the United States has never spent money so successfully as on the murder of Russians… He shouldn’t have done that.”

Meanwhile, head of RT, Margarita Simonyan, called for Graham's assasination. And the infamous TV host Vladimir Solovyov, on his program Sunday Evening With Vladimir Solovyov, angrily exclaimed: “Your dirty American money also fully supported the Nazi regime in Germany! You are a Nazi beast and you’re following in the footsteps of your predecessors. I’ll repeat it once again: you will croak, but the Russian people will live forever!”

Graham, for his part, sent a statement to Reuters: “As usual, the Russia propaganda machine is hard at work… Mr. Medvedev, if you want Russians to stop dying in Ukraine, withdraw. Stop the invasion. Stop the war crimes. The truth is that you and Putin could care less about Russian soldiers.”

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