This week, Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed Congress. Most of the lawmakers in attendance clapped like seals through the whole speech but some didn’t.
NBC historian Michael Beschloss demanded to know why these lawmakers didn’t clap.
This is the sort of thinking that was common in Soviet Russia.
FOX News reports:
NBC historian hammered for demanding legislators who didn’t applaud Zelenskyy be questioned: ‘Soviet tactics’
Conservatives on Twitter hammered NBC News presidential historian Michael Beschloss for a “Soviet”-sounding tweet demanding to know who exactly did not clap for Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during his address to Congress on Wednesday.
Zelenskyy traveled to the U.S. on Wednesday, his first trip outside of Ukraine since Russia invaded the country in early 2022. During his trip abroad, Zelensky met with President Joe Biden and addressed a joint session of Congress, seeking continued support U.S. and funding of the war with Russia.
Most members of Congress supported Zelenskyy’s message as he was given a standing ovation for his speech. Although Beschloss seemed very curious about who in Congress may not have been enthusiastic enough about the speech or providing further support for the eastern European leader.
On Wednesday evening, the historian tweeted, “For any Members of Congress who refused to clap for Zelenskyy, we need to know from them exactly why.”
See the tweet below:
For any Members of Congress who refused to clap for Zelenskyy, we need to know from them exactly why.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) December 22, 2022
People pushed back:
Nice. @BeschlossDC showing his love for Soviet tactics.
It’s well known that when Stalin spoke to crowds, the NKVD would monitor people to determine who wasn’t clapping or who stopped clapping first. This often resulted in applause sessions that seemed endless. https://t.co/F5nmkty4vh
— Annette Jals (@AMJalsevac) December 22, 2022
“Presidential historian” who warned last month on national television that “our children will be arrested and conceivably killed” if the GOP did well in the midterms… is now demanding for U.S. lawmakers to be in complete and total lockstep on Planet GroupThink: https://t.co/o0juFamKYd
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) December 22, 2022
In communist Russia people were forced to clap for Stalin after a speech, and the first one to stop would be sent to prison. https://t.co/LXk2gR2cE9
— Zachary Tisdale 🇨🇦 (@ztisdale) December 22, 2022
#Thread Tucker Carlson's Monologue Calling Out The America Last Swamp Clapping Like Seals For Zelensky
"They applaud, all of them. Almost like they have to." pic.twitter.com/3EegIuXdd9
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) December 23, 2022
And this guy is a historian?