This week, the world watched as Ukrainians threw out their Russian-puppet president, and Russian president Vladimir Putin prepared to invade. Conservatives, naturally, have decided that it’s all President Obama’s fault.
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R, SC) summed it all up with a tweet:
It started with Benghazi. When you kill Americans and nobody pays a price, you invite this type of aggression. #Ukraine
— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) March 4, 2014
Former V.P. candidate Paul Ryan (R,WI) claimed during a CNN interview that the Obama administration “invited aggression” in the Ukraine by “projecting weakness” with Benghazi. and even claimed that the XL Keystone pipeline will solve the Ukraine crisis.
To be fair, not all conservatives blamed Benghazi for the Ukraine crisis. Sen. John McCain (R, AZ) said President Obama’s 1983 college essay proves it’s all his fault, or rather Obama’s essay as interpreted by Jonah Goldberg. The Obama essay wasn’t exactly a revelation. Conservatives leapt upon it on the eve of Obama’s first inauguration, as “evidence” that Obama was “anti-American” and oblivious to the threat of the Soviet Union.
Meanwhile, American Family Association radio host Kevin McCullough said Russian president Vladimir Putin was emboldened to seize the Crimean peninsula because of a drag show fundraiseron a U.S. Military base in Okinawa, and “the sissification of our military.” McCullough imagined that Putin probably said, “Yeah, I’m not going to do anything Obama says because number one, he can’t keep his word, and number two, your military is now having drag shows on its bases.”
- Fox News host Tucker Carlson and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones said that the Democratic party is now like the KKK, but with minorities.
- Rush Limbaugh weighed in … on Michelle Obama’s weight.
- Columnist George Will said that the opponents of Arizona’s vetoed anti-gay discrimination bill are “sore winners.”
- Arthur C. Brooks thinks we’re all just “envious” of the one percent.
- Pastor Jack Hibbs said that teenage boys will use California’s law protecting transgender students to “sneak a peek” at girls by claiming to be transgender.
- Star Parker wrote in a WorldNet Daily column that gays are pushing Christians “into the closet.”
- Donald Trump, in a “Fox & Friends” appearance, that President Obama might overplay his hand in Russia “to show that he’s all man.”
- Rep. Steve King (R, IA) said that being gay is a “self-professed behavior” that can’t be “independently verified, and shouldn’t be protected by laws. King conveniently forgot that religion is also “self-professed”, and it’s included in civil rights laws. Rep King added that gay people are coming out just to entrap business owners into discriminating against them.
- Rush Limbaugh said the only reason “12 Years a Slave” won the Oscar for Best Picture is because it had a “magic word” in its title: “slave.”
- Rep. Darrell Issa (R, CA) literally shut down the mic and stomped out of the room when Rep. Elijah Cummings criticized the GOP’s bogus IRS investigation. Never mind that Issa himself has admitted that his IRS investigation went nowhere.
- A Fox News Business commentator Todd Wilemon told a Daily Show correspondent, “If you’re poor, stop being poor.”
And since CPAC is in town, it deserves its own list.
- Paul Ryan’s CPAC speech was based on a lie.
- Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee told a CPAC audience that the Second Amendment is a “last resort” to protect other freedoms.
- Conservative columnist and CPAC panelist Michael Medved told a CPAC panel audience that it’s a “liberal lie” that any states have banned gay marriage.
- Oliver North told CPAC attendees that the GOP must fight against same-sex marriage the way it fought against slavery.
- Ralph Reed compared President Obama to segregationist Alabama governor George Wallace, because of a Department of Justice effort to stop Louisiana’s school voucher program. Reed also called for the impeachment of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder for supporting marriage equality.
- Author, filmmaker, and adulterer Dinesh D’Souza warned CPAC attendees that President Obama will send “a bunch of government guys” for the cars, couches, etc.