April 19, 2024

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CPAC backpedals on pro-Russia tweet as some U.S. conservatives back Putin

CPAC backpedals on pro-Russia tweet as some U.S. conservatives back Putin

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, and functioning dictator, speaks at the Republican Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas on Aug. 4. Credit: Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg

Prominent Republicans are digging in against American support for Ukraine despite Russia’s threats to use nuclear weapons and evidence of mass graves and war crimes facilitated by Moscow.

The Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday tweeted — and then hours later deleted — a message that called on Democrats to “end the gift-giving to Ukraine” while featuring a fluttering Russian flag. The tweet also referred to “Ukraine-occupied territories,” appearing to legitimize Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claims to annex provinces based on a referendum that the U.S. and allies view as illegal.

CPAC chairman Matt Schlapp on Saturday said the tweet did not clear the normal approval process because he was traveling for a conference in Australia. “Due to my travel into a distant time zone it was never approved per usual,” he said in a text message.

In a statement, CPAC expressed support for Ukraine but […]