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Why the U.S. Far Right and Far Left Oppose Helping Ukraine

By Jan Dutkiewicz and Dominik Stecuła

04 Jul 2022 · 15 min read

Editor's Note

This insightful Foreign Policy analysis could've been written about Europe too, where voices sympathetic to the Kremlin can be heard on both extremes of the political spectrum.

Since Russia attacked Ukraine, unprovoked, on Feb. 24, the discourse surrounding the war that has emerged in the United States has created strange bedfellows. Although the majority of the American public, led by U.S. President Joe Biden, have thrown their support behind Ukraine, many on the left and right alike have rushed to defend Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime or, at the very least, have urged the United States not to intervene in Ukraine’s defense.

Tucker Carlson, the face of Fox News and host of the most popular show on cable news in the United States, has been spouting pro-Kremlin talking points for months (and is frequently rebroadcasted on Russian state television). Other right-wing figures regularly spew out anti-Ukrainian disinformation and rail against sending heavy weapons to the country.

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