‘Unfiltered Russian Propaganda’: Joe Scarborough Outraged by CPAC’s Reference to ‘Ukraine-Occupied Territories’

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and podcaster Keith Olbermann called out a since-deleted Conservative Political Action Coalition (CPAC) tweet about President Biden's financial aid and the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, with Scarborough calling it "unfiltered Russian propaganda."
The tweet specifically referred to financial processes and compared Biden's aid to Ukraine to the migration problem on the United States' southern border.
“Vladimir Putin announces the annexation of 4 territories occupied by Ukraine. Biden and the Democrats continue to send billions of taxpayers' money to Ukraine," read CPAC's original tweet -- which was later deleted without explanation. “Meanwhile we are being attacked on our southern border. When will Democrats put #AmericaFirst and end gifts to Ukraine?”
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This disapproval of Biden's financial aid to Ukraine was conveyed by other Republican leaders, but the tweet drew backlash, particularly for referring to Ukrainian land as "Ukrainian-occupied territories."
Scarborough called the tweet "unfiltered Russian propaganda."
"Did CPAC really tweet this unfiltered Russian propaganda?" The Morning Joe host tweeted Saturday. "She accuses Ukraine of 'occupying' her own country. Reagan's example of challenging Russian aggression being derided as "giving a gift"? First Trump, then Orban, now Putin.”
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Podcaster Keith Olbermann also reacted to the deleted message.
“What could be worse than @cpac and anti-America bullshit [Matt Schlapp] supporting Putin's attack on Ukraine and threats against the US? How about deleting the tweet with no explanation? #CPACCowards,” wrote Keith Olbermann.
As filmmaker Rob Reiner summed it up, "the GOP had their flag firmly planted in authoritarianism."
Conservative commenters have observed the backlash and described the tweet as "awkwardly worded" or shared the CPAC's approval for the tweet to be deleted.
Rick Wilson, co-founder of the Lincoln Project, shared a screenshot of the deleted post and wrote, "For anyone who comes in later, this is the tweet of Putin's little minions @CPAC deleted."
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Several other critics noted the deletion of the tweet despite Twitter's long memory.
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