New York Democratic Candidate Nate McMurray Faces Backlash for Controversial X Post Celebrating Ukraine Aid Bill Passage

Dem congressional candidate in NY faces backlash for "Die MAGA die" post celebrating Ukraine aid bill. Controversy over foreign aid and divisive rhetoric in the political landscape.

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New York Democratic Candidate Nate McMurray Faces Backlash for Controversial X Post Celebrating Ukraine Aid Bill Passage

New York Democratic Candidate Nate McMurray Faces Backlash for Controversial X Post Celebrating Ukraine Aid Bill Passage

Nate McMurray, a Democratic congressional candidate in New York, faced backlash on social media for a controversial post on X (formerly Twitter) celebrating the passage of a $60 billion Ukraine aid bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In his post, McMurray wrote "Slava Ukraine. Die MAGA die. You lose," referring to former President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" political movement.

The aid package passed the House with a vote of 311 to 112, with more Republicans voting against it than for it. Some conservatives have criticized the bill for providing aid to Ukraine while failing to secure the U.S. border. McMurray's comments were seen by some as inciting violence against MAGA supporters, and he was reported to X for the post.

In a follow-up message, McMurray told MAGA supporters that their movement should "expire, fade, or disintegrate." He defended his stance, saying "You can't just starve extremism with silence; you've got to speak up and dish it out!" and "I'm never gonna physically hurt a soul, but I will hurt your feelings."

The use of the phrase "Slava Ukraine" in McMurray's post also raised some eyebrows, as the slogan has a complex history in Ukraine, being used by both Ukrainian nationalists and those who collaborated with the Nazis during World War II.

Why this matters: McMurray's provocative comments mark a contentious moment in the political landscape, reflecting broader divisions within the Democratic party and the political spectrum. The debate over foreign aid to Ukraine has sparked divisions within Congress, particularly among Republicans who question the priorities of funding overseas while domestic issues remain unresolved.

McMurray is currently running in the Democratic primary for New York's 26th Congressional District, which was previously represented by Democrat Brian Higgins. He is facing a lawsuit from a Democratic competitor, state Sen. Tim Kennedy, who is seeking to remove McMurray's name from the primary ballot, alleging issues with his electoral petition.

As the race heats up, McMurray's controversial remarks have drawn attention and accusations of inciting violence, but he has continued to criticize the MAGA movement and defend his stance.

Key Takeaways

  • Dem congressional candidate Nate McMurray faced backlash for "Die MAGA die" post on Ukraine aid.
  • McMurray defended his stance, saying he won't physically hurt but will "hurt your feelings".
  • The "Slava Ukraine" slogan has a complex history, used by both Ukrainian nationalists and Nazi collaborators.
  • McMurray's comments reflect divisions within the Democratic party and Congress over Ukraine aid.
  • McMurray is facing a lawsuit from a Democratic competitor to remove him from the primary ballot.