Twitter was abuzz with plenty of criticism for Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official who gave his testimony on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the impeachment inquiry.
Vindman, who was the director of Eurasia at the NSC, reportedly was concerned after listening to the July 25 phone conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelenskiy. In his testimony, Vindman stated he considered it morally wrong that President Trump had broached the subject of Hunter Biden’s position on the board of Barisma, a natural gas company in Ukraine, reported Breitbart.
Also, Vindman was uncomfortable that the president had brought up the allegations of whether there was any interference by Ukraine in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. He reported his concerns to the NSC lawyer.
Vindman testified that he did not have concerns whether his Commander in Chief’s action was illegal or a crime, but said he considered it morally wrong. He also testified that he advised the Ukrainians not to get involved in U.S. domestic politics.
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) called Vindman “Mr. Vindman” during his questioning, and Vindman interrupted and corrected Nunes, telling him, “Ranking Member, it’s lieutenant colonel Vindman, please.”
Several war heroes took offense at Vindman’s testimony.
Former U.S. Marine Mark Geist, who fought the Battle of Benghazi, Libya, from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2012, tweeted:
Vindman is a disgrace to all who have served. Transcript of his previous closed-door testimony, he clearly admits to undermining the @POTUS foreign policy, and now he has chairman Schiff advising him on how to answer questions.
Vindman is a disgrace to all who have served. Transcript of his previous closed door testimony he clearly admits to undermining the @POTUS foreign policy and now he has chairman Schiff advising him on how to answer questions. @codeofvets #treason #traitor #POS #conductunbecoming https://t.co/1FVActrpS0
— Mark Geist (@MarkGeistSWP) November 19, 2019
Rob O’Neill, the Navy SEAL and special warfare officer who fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden during the May 1, 2011, raid on his compound, also criticized Vindman as an “operative.”
“I agree. I wish the left wouldn’t use his uniform to make him a saint. He’s an operative with an agenda,” he said in response to a tweet by the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr.
I agree. I wish the left wouldn’t use his uniform to make him a saint. He’s an operative with an agenda. https://t.co/b6JfanQ2aQ
— Robert J. O’Neill (@mchooyah) November 19, 2019
Trump Jr. tweeted: “Anyone listening to Vindman stammer through this seemingly trying to remember the Catch Phrases he was well-coached on should get that. He’s a low-level partisan bureaucrat and nothing more.”
More criticism aimed at Vindman came from Jonathan T. Gilliam, who served for over 20 years as a Navy SEAL, he tweeted:
“This guy reeks of spy! #Vindman should be added to the list of deep staters that should be charged with conspiracy to overthrow”:
— Jonathan T Gilliam (@JGilliam_SEAL) November 19, 2019
And Tim Kennedy, a mixed martial arts fighter and current National Guard member tweeted: “Correcting a civilian about how to be addressed is a for sure way to make everyone in the military think you are a douche bag.”
Correcting a civilian about how to be a addressed is a for sure way to make everyone in the military think you are a douche bag. https://t.co/uclV6B7VnG
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) November 19, 2019