McConnell celebrates Ukraine aid test vote but blames Tucker Carlson for delay

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) celebrated a Senate test vote to advance a House-passed $95.3 billion foreign aid bill, and took aim at conservative media personality Tucker Carlson for influencing what he called the “demonization of Ukraine.”

“I think the demonization of Ukraine began with Tucker Carlson, who in my opinion ended up where he should have been all along, which is interviewing Vladimir Putin,” McConnell said, answering questions from reporters on Tuesday. “He had an enormous audience, which convinced a bunch of rank-and-file Republicans that maybe this was a mistake.”

The Kentucky Republican took a victory lap after the Senate advanced a House-passed foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan by an 80-19 vote, putting the bill the closest to passage after
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