Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post slams Ron DeSantis on Ukraine
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The Russian invasion marks a 'naked attack on the entire world order,' the editorial board wrote.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ recent opposition to America’s support of Ukraine has earned criticism from political opponents across the spectrum. Now, the New York Post editorial board is taking him to task.

That’s especially notable amid talk that media mogul Rupert Murdoch, owner of the Post, has increasingly been seen as one of DeSantis’ strongest boosters in an expected run for President.

“Ron DeSantis has shown plenty of leadership as Florida’s governor, but he’s sure dodging the challenge when it comes to the war in Ukraine,” reads the op-ed from the New York Post editorial board.

DeSantis this week said in response to a questionnaire from Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that “becoming further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia” is not among the nation’s vital interests. That’s a significant deviation from votes taken by DeSantis while he served in Congress.

“The (President Joe) Biden administration’s virtual ‘blank check’ funding of this conflict for ‘as long as it takes,’ without any defined objectives or accountability, distracts from our country’s most pressing challenges,” DeSantis wrote.

The Post editorial said DeSantis at least had a point on the fiscal argument.

“DeSantis was on safer ground when he slammed Biden’s “virtual ‘blank check’ funding of this conflict for ‘as long as it takes,’ without any defined objectives or accountability,” Post editors write. “The president’s been a bit confused on the details since before Moscow invaded, when Biden tried to deter Putin by threatening sanctions when he should’ve been rushing arms to Kyiv.”

But the editorial asserts DeSantis is way off by dismissing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of a former Soviet state as a regional issue.

“This is a naked attack on the entire world order — and thus on a vital U.S. interest,” the editorial states.

“And ‘territorial dispute’ is a pretty lame way to describe an unprovoked invasion that’s included savage attacks on civilians and a host of other war crimes. If Putin succeeds in Ukraine, it’ll show other regimes (China, Iran, etc.) that aggression works. And Russia itself will look to move on other nations, including NATO allies America’s obliged to defend.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Ian

    March 15, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    He’s way over his head. One trick pony, everything is ‘woke’ doesn’t really work with foreign policy which he clearly is unqualified to address


    • Dems are ALL groomers

      March 15, 2023 at 1:23 pm

      Snicker. Senile Joe Xiden ran away and left gazillion dollars worth of military equipment to the Taliban. Now he is writing a blank check to Ukraine, a country Senile Joe never heard of until he found out he could get 10% of everything his crack head son makes over there. As a famous affirmative action community agitator once said, “Never underestimate Joe’s ability to F’ck things up!”


  • Bob Martin

    March 15, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    Time to find someone with the education in foreign affairs needed for the job.


    • Ian

      March 15, 2023 at 5:23 pm

      Nikki Haley? Literally any non performance artist fake Republican?


  • Jimmy

    March 15, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    This is going to be the issue that kills DeSantis POTUS hopes.


  • Rob Desantos

    March 15, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    Tiny D gets outside his comfort zone and shows he’s out of his depth.


  • Ian

    March 15, 2023 at 6:55 pm

    Wow, who would have guessed a fake Republican saying the word woke over and over again that stole it from another guy wouldn’t entirely work out?


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