Author J.D. Vance has adopted a host of extreme right positions since throwing his hat into the ring for the Ohio Senate race. He's said professors are the "enemy." He's said we should "promote" the "values" of Kyle Rittenhouse, the far-right media darling who rose to fame for killing two people during uprisings against racist police brutality. He's defended far-right Fox News host Tucker Carlson and the white supremacist "great replacement" theory.
So as Russian President Vladimir Putin was escalating tensions with Ukraine last week, people weren't exactly surprised to see Vance was perfectly content to abandon a U.S. ally from a fascist regime.
“I think it’s ridiculous that we are focused on this border in Ukraine. I got to be honest with you, I don’t really care what happens to Ukraine one way or the other.”
In the days following those callous comments, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine that's already led to more than 100 casualties in just over a day of fighting.
It just so happens that Ohio, which Vance wants to represent in the United States Senate, has more than 80 thousand citizens of Ukrainian descent.
It's something he must've just realized, because Vance released a lengthy statement on Twitter blasting Putin for the invasion and taking Ukraine's side.
The statement spends a considerable amount of focus decrying direct U.S. military intervention in Ukraine, which President Joe Biden has repeatedly said was off the table.
The five-paragraph statement is a marked departure from the sentiment that he doesn't care what happens to Ukraine one way or the other.
Social media users noticed.
People were pretty sure they knew the reason for Vance's sudden concern.
Vance's comments come as his supporters express concerns about his polling performance.