Ukraine letter causes sharp divisions among Democrats

The Hill reported this week that a letter sent by the Congressional Progressive Caucus to President Joe Biden is causing major blowback within the Democratic Party. 

It called on Biden to pursue a diplomatic effort with Russia aimed at ending the war in Ukraine. The Hill noted that those comments were not well received by some in the Democratic Party, including by Jim Manley, who once served as a senior adviser to the late Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Letter called for negotiated settlement in Ukraine

“It’s embarrassing for the signers, it undercuts not only the administration but the Ukrainians at a key moment in time,” Manley was quoted as saying. He added that the letter’s timing was “absolutely lousy.”

Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal heads the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and she issued a statement on Tuesday which blamed the document on staffers.

“The letter was drafted several months ago, but unfortunately was released by staff without vetting. As Chair of the Caucus, I accept responsibility for this,” the statement read.

Support for the war in Ukraine has become a controversial issue for some on the progressive left, a fact that New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez discovered when she tried to host an event in the Bronx two weeks ago.

Far-left activists growing frustrated with Democrats’ approach to Ukraine

According to Fox News, Ocasio-Cortez was heckled by left-wing demonstrators who compared her unfavorably to former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard who left the Democratic Party earlier this month.

“None of this matters unless there’s a nuclear war, which you voted to send arms and weapons to Ukraine,” one of the protesters could be heard yelling.

“You ran as an outsider, yet you’ve been voting to start this war in Ukraine,” the demonstrator yelled. “You’re voting to start a third nuclear war with Russia and China. Why are you playing with the lives of American citizens?”

“Tulsi Gabbard has shown guts where you’ve shown cowardice,” another protester said. “I believed in you, and you became the very thing you sought to fight against.”

“I believed in you, and you became the very thing you sought to fight against. That’s what you’ve become. You are the establishment.”