Last night, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the fledgling Democratic nation and western ally that broke from Russia in 1991. The attacks came from the east, the west, and the south, by land, air, and sea.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared martial law as explosions rocked multiple cities in the nation, including its capital, Kyiv. The leader of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the invasion a "brutal act of war," and President Joe Biden promised to meet with G7 leaders ahead of announcing additional sanctions against Russia.
As the invasion was unfolding, former President Donald Trump called in to far-right Fox News host Laura Ingraham's broadcast, where he continued to spout fantasies that the 2020 election was somehow "stolen" from him.
"[Putin] was going to be satisfied with the peace and now he sees the weakness and the incompetence and the stupidity of this administration. And as an American, I'm angry about it and I'm saddened by it, and it all happened because of a rigged election. This would have never happened, and that includes inflation, and that includes millions of people pouring in on a monthly basis. Far more than 3 million people, and they're coming from 129 different countries. We have no idea what's happening, and they're destroying our country."
The rant, laden with conspiracy theories and xenophobia, was all too predictable from Trump, whose election lies resulted in a deadly failed insurrection against the U.S. Capitol last year, and whose first impeachment centered around pressuring Ukraine's President to investigate the Bidens in order to secure congressionally-approved military aid. Trump also frequently defended Putin's lie that Russia didn't interfere with the 2016 presidential election, despite overwhelming evidence that it did.
Social media users were nonetheless disgusted.
Others emphasized the danger and death facing Ukrainians as Trump spewed these conspiracy theories.
The situation in Ukraine is still unfolding.