Republican Sen. J. D. Vance of Ohio, thinks it’s bad enough that President Joe Biden and the Pentagon are using trans troops as the face of the U.S. military, he’s now wondering if the administration is doing the same in Ukraine.
According to Breitbart News, the Ohio Republican wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines demanding the government’s information about Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, a freelance journalist and transgender individual claiming to be a spokesperson for the Ukrainian military.”
Ashton-Cirillo recently posted a video message on social media asserting that Ukrainian troops would “hunt down” supposed Kremlin allies operating in Ukraine as “propagandists.”
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“Next week, the teeth of the Russian devils will gnash ever harder, and their rabid mouths will foam an uncontrollable frenzy as the world will see a favorite Kremlin propagandist pay for their crimes,”Ashton-Cirillo said. “And this puppet of Putin is only the first. Russia’s war criminal propagandists will all be hunted down, and justice will be served as we in Ukraine are led on this mission by faith in God, liberty and complete liberation.”
Vance responded with his letter.
“In recent days,” he wrote to administration officials, “a video has circulated of an individual who claims to be an English-speaking spokesperson for the Ukrainian military. In the video, this individual, Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, looks directly into the camera and threatens physical violence to anyone who circulates ‘Russian propaganda.’”
“A number of reports purport to offer additional information, much of it unconfirmed, regarding Ashton-Cirillo. I’ve seen claims this individual is an American, a former intelligence operative in the United States, and an employee of the Ukrainian government. Others have argued Ashton-Cirillo is pulling an elaborate prank. If so, kudos for the delivery of high quality humor.”
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He then wanted to know if Ashton-Cirillo is an American citizen, employed by Ukraine, or receiving American taxpayer-funded support.
Vance also said he was concerned that Ashton-Cirillo was calling for violence against those who are speaking out on the war.
Vance told Breitbart News on Sunday: “If the Ukrainians want to hire weirdos to threaten Americans and others for speaking their mind, I guess that’s their right. They shouldn’t use our tax dollars to do it. And we shouldn’t pretend this is a war for freedom when our supposed ally is threatening violence to anyone who opposes the war.”
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