On Wednesday and Thursday, Reps. Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler spoke before the Senate chamber, arguing for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
However, Republican Sen. Joni Ernst jabbed back with a single piece of paper.
According to Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic, the Iowa senator responded directly the the charge by Democrats that Trump withheld aid from Ukraine by holding a sign showing votes against Ukraine aid from Schiff and Nadler.
“Ernst just held a feisty presser accusing House managers of being hypocritical by “lecturing” senators on Trump’s hold on Ukraine aid when they voted against the last defense bill that included aid to Ukraine. She held up a paper with their votes,” Bobic said.
Ernst just held a feisty presser accusing House managers of being hypocritical by “lecturing” senators on Trump’s hold on Ukraine aid when they voted against the last defense bill that included aid to Ukraine. She held up a paper with their votes pic.twitter.com/8H8E43eqk3
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 23, 2020
This response by Ernst to the Democrat House managers echoes Sen. Ted Cruz, who asked where Democrats were when President Barack Obama denied aide to the embattled Ukraine during his second term.
“If there is such a compelling national security interest to give military aide to Ukraine, then what do these House Democrats have to say about the years that Barack Obama refused to give lethal military aide to Ukraine?” Cruz asked on Thursday.
Late last year, Robert O’Brien — currently Trump’s National Security Advisor — appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and talked about the lack of Ukraine aid provided by the Obama administration.
“I was there as part of a bipartisan election observation mission and I had young Ukrainian soldiers and young Ukrainians come up to me and say, ‘Why won’t the U.S., the arsenal of democracy, send us lethal aid? You’re sending us blankets and MREs. Why won’t President Obama send us military aid?’”
“[W]hen President Trump got into office, he sent military aid,” O’Brien said during the interview.