Bannon Urges McConnell, GOP Senators ‘Be Turfed Out’ for Ukraine Trip

Right-wing podcaster Steve Bannon attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the other GOP senators who visited Ukraine Saturday to meet with the country’s President Volodymyr Zelensky—saying they “must be turfed out.”

McConnell’s surprise visit to Kyiv came as Russian President Vladimir Putin continue’s his internationally condemned and unprovoked assault on the Eastern European nation. After the full-scale Russian invasion began on February 24, Congress and the White House have largely come together in a bipartisan way to support Ukraine as it defends itself against Moscow’s aggression.

“Look @ these smiling buffoons—our nation is being destroyed and they go kiss the ass of a promoter who refuses to take back one penny from the Ukrainian Oligarchs,” wrote Bannon, who served as the chief executive of former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and then as a White House strategist for part of 2017, in a Saturday Gettr post.

“All 4 of these ‘Senators’ must be turfed out—any Senator running that supports McConnell must go,” he added. “$40 billion of your money.”

Steve Bannon attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the other Republican senators who traveled to Ukraine for a surprise Saturday visit. Above, Bannon speaks on March 16 in Washington, D.C.
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Bannon’s mention of $40 billion was a reference to a military aid package that was already passed by the House of Representatives. The aid is expected to pass through the Senate next week, after GOP Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky held it up this week. (A video of the late Senator John McCain saying that Paul was working for Putin garnered renewed attention after Paul’s move.)

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