I couldn’t imagine looking at myself in the mirror if i was @mattgaetz or @laurenboebert. Smugly sat on their hands while history was made and a real hero addressed us. Imagine caring more about performance art than actual human lives.— Adam Kinzinger #fella (@AdamKinzinger) December 22, 2022
During this stirring, historic and masterful address by Zelensky, Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert sat on their hands. Nauseating.— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) December 22, 2022
Would like to know who in House Chamber is refusing to clap for Zelenskyy.— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) December 22, 2022
We could, I suppose get their names, put them on an "enemies list," and thank the late Richard Nixon for the idea. We could be offended because in an audience of over 300 members of Congress, seven (7) individuals chose not to stand and applaud- though "during the last portions of Zelensky's speech," they did so. Or we could get their names, put them on an "enemies list," and thank the late Richard Nixon for the idea.
The first would be foolish, the latter dangerous. The ironic thing is that anyone who is honest would admit that hundreds of Congressmen did not repeatedly, spontaneously rise as one from their seats to applaud the President of Ukraine. Some were genuinely moved, stood up and applauded, and the others realized that if they did not do so themselves, they'd be conspicuous and subject themselves to extensive criticism on social media and elsewhere.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy has suffered through far worse than having a few people not fawn over him. Policy, including congressional appropriation for Ukraine's defense, is infinitely more important. It's time we grow up, disregard affronts to our sensibilities, and reserve our outrage for significant speech and behavior.