Meet the pro-Putin Republicans and conservatives

Their thoughts on Russia and Ukraine, in their own words

Only 5 percent of Republicans support Russia over Ukraine, but the MAGA wing of the GOP has continually sided with Putin and against Ukraine.

Current and former elected officials, candidates for office, and media figures who are popular with the MAGA base have a history of pro-Russia comments. Now, they have decided that they should disparage Ukraine and Volodymyr Zelenskyy despite Russia’s invasion. Some of them have walked back their comments once they saw Putin’s war machine target innocent people, but many still see Russia as an ally. 

We’ve collected their quotes below to make sure they can never forget where they stood.

Quotes

  • Photo of Fmr. President Donald Trump

    “So Putin is now saying it’s independent, a large section of Ukraine. I said, ‘How smart is that?’ And he’s gonna go in and be a peacekeeper. That’s the strongest peace force.”

    Fmr. President Donald Trump
    February 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Fmr. President Donald Trump

    “If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability, because we have a horrible relationship with Russia.”

    Fmr. President Donald Trump
    January 2017  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Fmr. President Donald Trump

    “[Putin is] taking over a country for two dollars worth of sanctions. I’d say that’s pretty smart.”

    Fmr. President Donald Trump
    February 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC)

    “Remember that Zelenskyy is a thug. Remember that the Ukrainian government is incredibly corrupt and it is incredibly evil and has been pushing woke ideologies.”

    Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC)
    March 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)

    “NATO has been supplying the neo-Nazis in Ukraine with powerful weapons and extensive training on how to use them. What the hell is going with these #NATONazis?”

    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)
    March 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)

    “You see Ukraine just kept poking the bear, poking the bear, which is Russia, and Russia invaded. And the hard truth is … there is no win for Ukraine here. Russia is being very successful in their invasion.”

    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)
    March 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)

    “Under Republicans, not another penny will go to Ukraine.”

    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)
    November 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Tucker Carlson, FOX News

    “I think we should probably take the side of Russia, if we have to choose between Russia and Ukraine.”

    Tucker Carlson, FOX News
    December 2019  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Tucker Carlson, FOX News

    “Has Putin ever called me a racist? Has he threatened to get me fired for disagreeing with him?”

    Tucker Carlson, FOX News
    February 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of J.D. Vance, US Senate Candidate

    “I gotta be honest with you, I don’t really care what happens to Ukraine one way or the other.”

    J.D. Vance, US Senate Candidate
    February 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Candace Owens, Daily Wire

    “Every American who wants to know what’s *actually* going on in Russia and Ukraine, read this transcript of Putin’s address…WE are at fault.”

    Candace Owens, Daily Wire
    February 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Candace Owens, Daily Wire

    “President Zelensky is a very bad character who is working with globalists against the interests of his own people.”

    Candace Owens, Daily Wire
    March 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Steve Bannon

    “No Republican should vote for any money for Ukraine. $0 for Ukraine.”

    Steve Bannon
    March 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Steve Bannon

    “Every member of Conservative Inc. that backs this Ukraine war is a simp.”

    Steve Bannon
    July 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Joe Kent, Congressional Candidate

    “Ukraine is a DC distraction & scam.”

    Joe Kent, Congressional Candidate
    February 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Peter Navarro, Former Trump WH Advisor

    “The Soviet Union back before Russia when it broke up contained all of Ukraine including Crimea. The country itself is not really a country.”

    Peter Navarro, Former Trump WH Advisor
    December 2021  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)

    “I’m more concerned with the US-Mexico border than the Russia-Ukraine border. Not sorry.”

    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)
    January 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)

    “Ukraine is not our ally. Russia is not our enemy. We need to address our crippling debt, inflation and immigration problems. None of this is Putin’s fault.”

    Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
    May 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT)

    “I have major concerns about a compromised president of the United States who is sending incredible support to a less-than-forthright president of the Ukraine.”

    Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT)
    March 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL)

    “Why does Joe Biden care more about Ukraine’s borders than America’s borders? Does it have anything to do with ‘10% for the Big Guy?’”

    Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL)
    January 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Charlie Kirk, Turning Point USA

    “It feels as if Putin is going into places that want him. They have voted overwhelmingly to be part of it. It is a family dispute that we shouldn’t get in the midst of, that’s for certain.”

    Charlie Kirk, Turning Point USA
    February 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Laura Ingraham, FOX News

    “We had kind of a really pathetic display from the Ukrainian President Zelenskyy.”

    Laura Ingraham, FOX News
    February 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Dinesh D’Souza

    “Putin–unlike someone else we know–LOVES his country & FIGHTS for its interests”

    Dinesh D’Souza
    September 2016  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Stew Peters, Stew Peters Show

    “The ethnic Russians in Ukraine are like our Jan. 6 protesters and the deep state wants to crush them for the same reason they want to crush the Jan. 6ers.”

    Stew Peters, Stew Peters Show
    February 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Mike Flynn, former Trump National Security Advisor

    “[Putin is] a very strong leader. He’s been in charge for a long time. And he’s not going to put up with the nonsense he’s seeing in Europe.”

    Mike Flynn, former Trump National Security Advisor
    February 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of State Sen. Wendy Rogers (R-AZ)

    “Zelensky is a globalist puppet for Soros and the Clintons.”

    State Sen. Wendy Rogers (R-AZ)
    February 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Nick Fuentes, America First Political Action Conference

    “I wish Putin was president of America.”

    Nick Fuentes, America First Political Action Conference
    February 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Jarome Bell, Congressional Candidate

    “The media is complicit in this war, and everyone that’s propping up Ukraine…these people are the ones that are gonna have the blood on their hands.”

    Jarome Bell, Congressional Candidate
    March 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Roger Stone

    “There are in fact bio labs [in Ukraine] funded by our tax dollars…Putin is acting defensively.”

    Roger Stone
    March 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Jesse Kelly, Jesse Kelly Show

    “So far, Putin hasn’t killed as many people as the Clintons.”

    Jesse Kelly, Jesse Kelly Show
    February 2022  ·  Quote Source
  • Photo of Lauren Witzke, Former US Senate Candidate

    “I’m kind of confused why they’re telling us to stand with Ukraine when it seems that everybody affiliated or standing with Ukraine is either transgender, a Satanist, or a straight up Nazi.”

    Lauren Witzke, Former US Senate Candidate
    March 2022  ·  Quote Source