Contact Us

The deepening GOP divide on Ukraine

Thought Leader: Josh Kraushaar
February 26, 2023
Source: Axios
Written by: Josh Kraushaar

Republicans are increasingly divided over American support for Ukraine: The party’s traditional hawkish voices face a loud array of anti-war voices from the MAGA wing of the party led by former President Trump.

Why it matters: The majority of the party’s elected officials are still squarely behind helping Ukraine in its war against Russia — and if anything, have accused President Biden of slow-walking military aid to our ally.

Driving the news: In an interview with Fox News, DeSantis echoed isolationist rhetoric and cast Biden as spending more time on foreign affairs than domestic challenges. “He’s very concerned about those borders halfway around the world. He’s not done anything at home to secure our own border here at home,” DeSantis said.

The other side: About the same time, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the Republican chairs of the House Foreign Affairs and Intelligence committees led a bipartisan delegation to the Munich Security Conference, where they pledged support for U.S. aid to Ukraine.

By the numbers: Recent polls have shown there’s still widespread support among Americans for aiding and arming Ukraine, but there’s been a decline in pro-Ukraine sentiment among Republicans in recent months.

What they’re saying: “There is an isolationist strain that has always existed in the Republican base,” said Republican foreign policy strategist Richard Goldberg, an advocate for American engagement overseas.

The bottom line: If DeSantis continues to break from the party’s hawkish line, GOP public opinion could move accordingly in that direction — as the partisan incentives for breaking with Biden intensify.

Subscribe to the WWSG newsletter.

Check Availability

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Speaker List
Share My List