Tulsi Gabbard, Rand Paul Placed on List of Russian Propagandists by Ukraine
by Giulia Carbonaro, NewsWeek, 7/26/22 (excerpt)
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and former Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard have been listed by Ukraine among a number of American politicians, academics and activists Kyiv claims have promoted "Russian propaganda."
The list was compiled by the Ukrainian Center for Countering Disinformation, founded in 2021 by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to study the impact of Russian disinformation. The center is part of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council.
The list—which also includes retired U.S. Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor, military strategist Edward Luttwak, political scientist John Mearsheimer and journalist Glenn Greenwald—does not explain what the consequences are for those who Ukraine clearly considers responsible for promoting the Kremlin's line. But it offers explanations for inclusion on the list.
In April, Paul said President Joe Biden provoked Russia to invade its neighbor by advocating Ukraine's entrance into NATO.
In this combination photo Senator Rand Paul, left, leaves the U.S. Capitol on June 23, 2022 and former U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard speaks at a rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. on June 23, 2022. Paul and Gabbard have been included in a list of "Russian propagandists" by Ukraine.GETTY
He also said: "You could also argue the countries they've attacked were part of Russia. Or part of the Soviet Union."
Paul was immediately rebuked for this by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who said Russia was not justified in invading Ukraine.
Former Rep. Gabbard said that the U.S. had provoked Putin for many years and that there are 25 dangerous biolabs in Ukraine that could release deadly pathogens.
The former representative has been accused of of lending credibility to Russian propaganda….
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