On Monday, President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Ukraine on the country’s one-year anniversary of its ongoing war with Russia. He tweeted about his visit, saying that Kyiv has captured a part of his heart and that Ukraine stands for democracy.
However, some conservative pundits and congressmen criticized Biden’s decision to travel to Ukraine instead of visiting the site of a recent toxic chemical disaster in Ohio. East Palestine residents have been calling on the Biden administration to help them after a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in the state.
Conservative congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene took to Twitter to express her frustration with the president’s choice, calling it insulting that he would choose Ukraine over America on President’s Day.
She accused Biden of forcing the American people to pay for Ukraine’s government and war, and suggested that his slogan for the 2024 election should be “America Last.”
Other conservative commentators, such as actor Antonio Sabato Jr. and media personality Collin Rugg, also criticized Biden’s decision to travel to Ukraine before visiting Ohio.
In response, left-leaning commentators accused conservatives of supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin by criticizing Biden’s trip to Ukraine.
Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, for example, used profanity to attack Marjorie Taylor Greene, calling her a disloyal Russian asset. Leftist influencer “Jo” also took to Twitter to criticize conservative supporters, calling them seditious, racist, intolerant, and democracy-destroying.
Despite the criticism, Biden’s visit to Ukraine was widely praised by Democrats and some commentators on both sides of the political spectrum. Pennsylvania Democrat Congresswoman Susan Wild, for example, described it as “Presidents acting presidential.”
CNN senior political commentator and retired Congressman Adam Kinzinger used the debate as an opportunity to criticize former President Donald Trump, saying that Trump would never have visited Ukraine because he would have been too scared and of course, Russia.
While Biden has yet to visit Ohio after the train derailment, his administration has announced that it will deploy medical experts and toxicologists from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Ohio to help the affected residents.
Trump, on the other hand, has announced that he will visit East Palestine, Ohio on Wednesday to meet with the people affected by the toxic chemicals release.
In conclusion, Biden’s decision to visit Ukraine instead of Ohio has sparked a debate on social media between conservative and leftist commentators.
While some have criticized his choice, others have praised it as an act of presidential diplomacy. Regardless of the criticism, the Biden administration has promised to help the residents affected by the toxic chemical spill in Ohio.