North Carolina Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn recently called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug” and the Ukrainian government “incredibly evil,” criticizing the country and its leader as Russia invades it. Republicans immediately condemned his comments. “To my colleague in the House, I would push back and say it’s not Ukraine that is invading Russia,” said Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst. “It is Russia invading Ukraine.” “Like 90% of the country is with Ukrainians and is opposed to Putin,” added South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. “So when you see a member of Congress say things like this, the one thing I want you to know: they’re outliers.” Two North Carolina House Republican candidates running against Cawthorn also blasted his anti-Ukraine sentiments.