December 21, 2022The Lincoln Project releases the following statement on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s meeting with President Biden and addressing a Joint Session of Congress:

“Totalitarianism is once again threatening to sweep around the globe and President Volodymyr Zelensky stands on the front lines in the fight for democracy. Zelensky’s visit to America will strengthen the critical partnership between the two countries in this existential fight. Ukraine must be given the resources and funding support necessary to stand strong in the face of the larger Russian force.

“For nearly 250 years, the cause of freedom has been a cornerstone of the United States’ identity. The reaction by powerful MAGA voices in the Republican Party to criticize the visit and work at flipping U.S. support towards Russia is reckless and morally bankrupt. The GOP is no longer a party that supports democracy and individual freedom; it is enamored with authoritarianism and strongmen like Vladimir Putin because they have become blinded by the lure of governing by personality and fame. Like Putin, the MAGA GOP wants to stifle dissent, strangle their opposition, and consolidate power in the hands of their chosen few.

“Today is a reminder that preserving democracy is a global effort that requires sacrifice and vigilance. Let all Americans be inspired by the sacrifices of the Ukrainian people and use President Zelensky’s visit as an opportunity for the United States to renew its commitment to our own democratic institutions.”

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