‘Stop misspeaking’: Rick Scott blasts Joe Biden’s gaffe about Russian regime change

Rick Scott
Scott wants more action, less rhetoric from White House toward Ukraine 'win.'

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott on Sunday addressed provocative comments from President Joe Biden calling for regime change in Russia.

The President, Scott said, needs to “stop misspeaking” and start doing more to help Ukraine repel the Russian invasion and “win” the war outright.

Scott, appearing on Fox News Sunday, agreed with interviewer John Roberts that the comments “played right into the hands” of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

“Absolutely,” Scott said. “What Biden needs to start doing is stop talking and start acting. Stop telling Putin what he’s going to do. Start giving every resource you can to the Ukrainian people. Rally (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) to do the same thing.”

“I don’t get why the MIGs aren’t there, or anti-aircraft, anti-ship, anti-tank equipment,” Scott said. “Volodymyr Zelensky keeps telling us what he needs. He’s telling us that he doesn’t have enough.”

“Thank God Zelensky and the Ukrainian people are willing to defend their freedom,” Scott continued. “Because if they don’t, then where’s Putin going to stop? So Biden’s got to start acting and getting things done and not misspeaking. Stop misspeaking.”

The misspeaking that Scott described came at the end of Biden’s Warsaw speech, where he said the following regarding Putin: “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.” The White House has tried to walk this statement back.

Though Scott may have blasted Biden’s latest gaffe, he continues to advocate for arming Ukraine to a greater degree than currently contemplated by the U.S. or NATO.

Asked whether the U.S. should supply with Ukraine with the weapons needed to “win” a war against Russia, Scott again said that “absolutely” should be the case, while distancing himself again from the call for regime change.

“We have got to help Ukraine win,” Scott said. “We’ve got to push Putin back into Russia. And then let the will of the Russian people decide what happens to Putin. I believe he ought to go to prison for war crimes.”

Scott then pivoted toward another expression of hope for a clear cut Ukraine victory.

“You don’t play to tie,” Scott said. “You play to win. You give them every resource you can and you do it every second. Every second, you’re thinking ‘what else can we do to put Putin back on his heels and have him take his troops back into Russia’. That’s what we should do every second. We have got to win this.”


Reporting from The Associated Press is included here..

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • TJC

    March 27, 2022 at 10:01 am

    I think it’s time for Rick to put on his little Navy cap and strap on some Colts and show us what a real man he is! Off to Ukraine with you, Scotty!

    • Impeach Biden

      March 27, 2022 at 12:47 pm

      Well Rick Scott did serve in the US Navy. How about the CIC? How about you?

  • You fake navy

    March 27, 2022 at 11:26 am

    Go out to sea and never come back Ricky lol

  • Donald Trump

    March 27, 2022 at 11:51 am

    “Well Putin said he didn’t do it and I believe him”
    “We should get out of NATO”
    “Putin is smart and strong and brave”
    tRump the Dictator Wanna Be

  • Ocean Joe

    March 27, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    What Scott actually said, towards the end of the segment, was that Biden has to “start misspeaking” then corrects himself, “I mean stop misspeaking.” If you’re going to accuse somebody else of misspeaking, then don’t misspeak while you’re doing it.

  • Bruce

    March 27, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    Biden slip of the tongue is a moment of candor….U.S. troops are going to Ukraine!

  • Phil Morton

    March 28, 2022 at 9:51 am

    President Biden did not misspeak. Putin “cannot remain in power” is what he meant to say and what Rick Scott and his Russian cronies fear. A stable and democratic Ukraine is a threat to their worldview.

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