Republican Congressional Representative Victoria Spartz of Indiana delivered a fiery speech on Tuesday, claiming President Joe Biden has not done enough to alleviate the suffering of Ukrainians.
The matter is personal for the Freshman Congresswoman, who was born in Ukraine. Asserting America is suffering from a lack of leadership, Spartz claimed that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine amounts to “genocide.”
“I didn’t prepare a speech, so I will talk from my heart,” Spartz, said as she stood in front of American flags.
“This is not a war,” she said, “this is a genocide of the Ukrainian people by a crazy man who cannot get over that Ukrainian people do not want socialism, Soviet Union, communism. They want to be with the United States of America. They want to be free people.”
Spartz spoke about her 95-year-old grandmother who lives in Ukraine—in an area under heavy bombing from Russian missiles and artillery.
“They’re bombing civilians nonstop,” a passionate Spartz said. “Day and night, the whole city,” she said, claiming the Russians are callously killing women and children.
“They’re slaughtering them like they’re animals,” Spartz claimed. “They’re killing the people. It is not a war it’s genocide because we have a crazy man that believes he has the whole world hostage, and then we have a president that talks about, talks about but doesn’t do things! What is he going to wait until a million has died and then [Biden’s] going to do more?”
“We have to exercise some leadership!” Spartz cried. “We have not just a moral duty, we are the leaders of the free world, this is going to be the biggest genocide the world has ever experienced and they’re not asking them to fight for us, but they ask us to help, to become serious so they have the ability to defend themselves.”
Then Spartz warned: “If we don’t stop him there, he is not going to stop. He is going to go further and then we’ll have to send our children to die to fight this. So I think we have an obligation and duty to save this world, help Ukrainian people to survive.”
In a pointed message to President Biden, Spartz pleaded: “This president needs to get his act together and exercise some leadership. What’s happening under his watch is [an] atrocity. What he’s doing to this country and to the world is unforgivable … he must act decisively fast or this blood of many millions of Ukrainians will be on his hands too.”
Spartz’s assessment that President Biden has done too little too late is not unique. At a Press Conference last Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was grilled by reporter Peter Doocy about America’s limp response to the “slow-moving crisis” in Ukraine. The Post Millennial posted the encounter:
Donald Trump Jr. also publicly criticized Biden’s leadership when speaking at CPAC on Sunday:
“Of course, it happened under this administration,” Trump Jr. said. “Because, you know, the first thing a bully does, a bully like [Russian President] Vladimir Putin? He takes advantage of the weak, [the] infirm[ed]. And no one is weaker, and no one is more infirm[ed], than Joe Biden.”
Asserting that because of Biden’s handling of America’s withdrawal in Afghanistan, Putin was motivated to move against Ukraine and China is likely to soon move against Taiwan, Trump Jr. said:
“You think Vladimir Putin didn’t see that and said ‘excellent?’ You think that Xi over in China wasn’t saying, ‘hey, whatever my timeline for taking over Taiwan was, accelerate it!’ There’s a reason it didn’t happen under Trump. People understand strength, they understand resolve, they understand balls.”
President Biden claims that new U.S. sanctions on Russia, some of which will not be imposed for 30 days, will be “devastating.”
Many expect Biden to address the Ukraine crises at his State of the Union speech tonight.
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