The proposal by a Republican lawmaker to honor Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with a bust in the U.S. Capitol isn’t going over well with some who expressed dismay over the idea that a foreign leader would be honored in such a manner weeks after he appeared before a joint session of Congress to demand more money from American taxpayers.
On the day after the new GOP majority got to work after a tumultuous week during which the process to confirm Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House dragged on for days, Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina somehow thought that the worship of Zelenskyy should be a top priority, introducing a resolution calling for the Fine Arts Board to procure a bust of the scruffy defender of western “democracy” to be displayed in the House of Representatives wing of the building.
“A House resolution was introduced two days ago to put a bust of Zelensky in the House wing of the Capitol building,” tweeted digital strategist Greg Price who brought attention to Wilson’s resolution. “No, I am not kidding.”
A House resolution was introduced two days ago to put a bust of Zelensky in the House wing of the Capitol building.
No, I am not kidding. pic.twitter.com/ZK9v4rMnOT
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 11, 2023
The idea that Zelenskyy, who didn’t even bother to shave and put on a suit for his visit to Washington, D.C .where he was treated like a conquering hero, could become a permanent fixture in the Capitol predictably did not go over well with many who have been critical of the endless shoveling of money into the war-torn country as Americans are suffering the effects of the worst inflation in four decades and an undeclared recession at home.
“Absolutely NOT!” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) wrote on Twitter. “We serve AMERICA NOT UKRAINE!”
We serve AMERICA NOT UKRAINE!
“Directing the Fine Arts Board to obtain a bust of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, for display in the House of Representatives wing of the United States Capitol.” pic.twitter.com/CZCbtymPnl
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) January 12, 2023
“There is now a House resolution that seeks to put a display of Zelenskyy’s head in the US Capitol,” tweeted Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) “Was the $100+ billion to Ukraine not enough?”
There is now a House resolution that seeks to put a display of Zelenskyy's head in the US Capitol.
Was the $100+ billion to Ukraine not enough?
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) January 11, 2023
Also cool on the idea of the Zelenskyy bust was Fox News ratings king Tucker Carlson, a frequent critic of the global superstar who was appalled that the Ukrainian leader would show up for his grand pre-Christmas appearance on Capitol Hill dressed like a “strip club manager” to demand more money.
(Video: Fox News)
Other reactions from Twitter users might cause Rep. Wilson to rethink his ill-advised resolution.
It will be made of pure gold and cost a bargain sum of 80 million dollars.
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) January 11, 2023
In 2022, Rep. Joe Wilson took to Twitter to celebrate Ukraine’s Independence Day,
but did not do the same for America’s Independence Day.
Now he wants to put a Zelensky bust in the U.S. Capitol.
It’s pretty obvious who these people work for (hint: it’s not you). pic.twitter.com/qKQ72vzbvO
— Addison Smith (@AddisonSmithOAN) January 12, 2023
It would make more sense to put his likeness on an ATM in the lobby.
— paulyballgame (@paulyballgame) January 11, 2023
Of the utmost importance, pitiful.
— Hannah Brown (@hlb54) January 11, 2023
I don’t even know what to say. I’m speechless. It’s beyond insane and ridiculous.
— Ingrid DeHaan (@idumosch) January 11, 2023
Hell put one of Fauci in there too.
— Fted (@Fted05351247) January 11, 2023
F*** that and F*** Zelensky, too!!
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) January 11, 2023
Is he the new global leader?
— Reaganette (@Ezinger44) January 11, 2023
SC has the worst republicans in the country
— Conspiracy Theorist (@capitalistbank) January 11, 2023
This is actually not surprising at all coming from our government. I’m actually more surprised it hasn’t already been done.
— Holly (@morecoffee4this) January 11, 2023
Start a GoFundme for my bail because if they go through with this Imma drive down there and smash it with a bat.
— Scott (@scottinnj) January 12, 2023
Put it in the house laundry
— D (@lavaracer) January 12, 2023
Maybe Hunter “the artist” should be commissioned to make it.
— James Flood III (@jamesfloodiii) January 12, 2023
Couldn’t they just borrow one from Sean Penn? I’m quite sure he has several of them already.
— Chris Clinkinbeard (@Clinkin53) January 12, 2023
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