Salt Lake County councilman criticized for comments on Russian invasion

Salt Lake County Councilman David Alvord takes the oath of workplace on the Salt Lake County Authorities Middle on Jan. 4, 2021. He was criticized Thursday after sharing his ideas about Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. (Steve Griffin, Deseret Information)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake County councilman was criticized Thursday after questioning why the U.S. ought to care about Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

“Are the values/human rights of Russia that a lot totally different than that of Ukraine? What would occur to the common Ukrainian if their taxes went to Moscow vs. Kyiv?” Councilman David Alvord requested within the Fb put up that has since been deleted.

“I believe we’re simply speaking a few small part of Ukraine. Assist me perceive why the U.S. ought to care. I’ve listened to some reviews. Putin = Evil? Is that it?” added Alvord, a Republican and former mayor of South Jordan.

The put up shared by others on Twitter drew criticism from Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, who reposted it and stated: “I am usually requested in regards to the problem of working with Council Member Dave Alvord. I am going to let him converse for himself.”

When reached for remark Thursday, Alvord stated he strongly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“After I posted some questions a couple of days in the past, I used to be making an attempt to raised perceive the scenario. Consequently, I learn many feedback which did supply some essential views,” he stated. “I stand with President Biden and hope for all one of the best for the individuals of Ukraine and the area.”

In a further social media response to Wilson’s put up, Alvord contended that everybody agrees the invasion is “immoral and evil,” however that the “tougher half to guage” is how the U.S. ought to defend Ukraine or “how robust to push again in opposition to a nuclear superpower.”

He stated the U.S. must know “precisely what we’re defending.”

“We have to know if Ukraine is dedicated to human rights and freedoms. How is Ukraine curbing corruption? How doubtless will democracy be enacted there?” Alvord requested, together with a number of different associated questions together with why Ukraine is not a part of NATO.

Alvord added that some have “criticized me for asking questions. However aren’t these the very questions accountable leaders needs to be asking? I’m dissatisfied in those that would over-simplify such an essential and nuanced overseas coverage disaster.”

In an announcement early Thursday, Wilson stated her “coronary heart is breaking” because of the assault.

“This premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified act of struggle should unite us in compassion, as collectively we stand in opposition to tyranny,” she stated.

Alvord’s feedback come as different Utah leaders proceed to sentence the assaults on Ukraine and name for U.S. help to Europe within the type of gas to scale back its dependency on Russia.

As Russian forces bombard and advance on Ukraine, Utah members of Congress have referred to as for President Joe Biden to impose the strongest attainable sanctions on Russia and its chief, Vladimir Putin.

Alvord’s tweet wasn’t the primary time that Democrats in county authorities have criticized him. Final spring, in a put up circulated on social media, he accused the “left” of wanting everybody to “have mild brown pores and skin,” be the identical gender, and haven’t any kids, amongst different issues.

Democrats on the County Council stated his phrases didn’t mirror the normal embrace of range by the council and county authorities.

Alvord later issued an apology “for any who misunderstood my intentions,” saying his feedback about Democrats had been “hyperbole” meant to begin a dialogue about “cancel tradition.”

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