FLASHBACK: When John McCain Claimed Rand Paul Was ‘Now Working For Vladimir Putin’

As Russia-Ukraine conflicts continues to escalate, Democrats, Left-leaning Pundits, and Neoconservatives keep on the unproven conspiracy theory, that Trump’s former president and Republicans were somehow in support of Putin or in cohesion with him.

If you watch MSNBC, you may hear that Trump was “installed” by Putin.

No doubt you’ve seen comments on social media, attacking anyone who opposes direct conflict with nuclear Russia as “pro-Putin.”

The “pro-Putin” commentary comes from the likes of Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney.

However, this phenomenon is not new.

Ask Republican Senator Rand Paul.

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McCain in 2017: ‘The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin’

Paul blocked a Senate vote that would have brought Montenegro into NATO in 2017.

Montenegro has a smaller population than any of the 28 American cities, and over 2,000 military personnel.

The late Republican Sen. John McCain – who very much wanted Montenegro and a few other nations to be in NATO – concluded that this must mean Paul was siding with the Russians.

They could also work for them.

“The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin,” McCain said of Paul.

Politico reported at the time, “The Arizona Republican, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, was joined on the Senate floor by Democrats Ben Cardin of Maryland and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire to push for debate and a vote on the treaty. But Paul, who has opposed further expansion of NATO, objected to McCain’s request to consider the measure.”

“Russia has sought to prevent the small Balkan nation from coming under Western influence, and McCain warned about Russian attempts to destabilize Montenegro’s government,” Politico noted.

“The treaty is expected to garner wide support in the Senate,” the report added. “Twenty-three of the 28 NATO member nations have voted in favor of Montenegro joining the alliance.”

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McCain: ‘You are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin’

McCain accused Paul of blocking the vote “without any justification or any rationale.”

It is important to be clear that the U.S., and all NATO members, must assist in the defense of any NATO member being attacked. Even members states with fewer than 2,000 troops can be attacked.

Paul didn’t want the U.S. involved in any war over that country. Some might consider not risking American lives in another foreign war a solid “rationale.”

McCain insisted that McCain was working for Russia.

“If there is objection, you are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin,” McCain said. “You are achieving the objectives of trying to dismember this small country, which has already been the subject of an attempted coup.”

Do you sound familiar?

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