Liz Cheney Calls Those Questioning the Patriotism of Vindman ‘Shameful’

House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) spoke out against conservatives who spent the morning attacking the character of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

Supporters of President Donald Trump took to the airwaves Monday night and Tuesday morning to assail Vindman’s character and question his motives after The New York Times reported that he filed multiple internal complaints related to Trump’s decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine.

Cheney took time to express her disappointment with those attacks on Vindman, who is a Purple Heart recipient, during the weekly Republican House leadership press conference:

“I also want to say a word about something else that has been going on over the course of the last several hours and last night, which I think is also shameful. And that is questioning the patriotism, questioning the dedication to country of people like Mr. Vindman. Lt. Col. Vindman.”

Watch her comments below:

Vindman, who was born in Ukraine, became the first White House official to testify in the impeachment inquiry, drawing the ire of supporters of the president.

Former Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy appeared to suggest on CNN that Vindman was putting Ukraine’s interests before the interests of America, as IJR has previously reported. Others accused Vindman of “espionage.”

Duffy defended his statement telling Mediaite that he wasn’t trying to attack Vindman’s service record, “If you listen to the segment, I wasn’t trying to undermine his service or his war hero status, what I was trying to say is, he gives advice, the president sets the policy and he can disagree with the president especially on Ukraine.”

Trump lashed out at Vindman in a tweet, calling him “today’s Never Trumper” and questioning whether he even heard the Trump’s call with the Ukranian president, saying “please ask him to read the transcript.”

Cheney urged her colleagues and supporters of Trump “to show that we are better than that as a nation”:

“I think that we need to show that we are better than that as a nation. Their patriotism, their love of country, we’re talking about decorated veterans who have served this nation, who have put their lives on the line and it is shameful to question their patriotism and their love of this nation. We should not be involved in that process.”

In his opening statement to lawmakers, which was released to the public Monday night, Vindman said he felt it was his duty to file a complaint about Trump’s pressure on Ukrainian officials.

Responses

  1. James,

    As I mentioned to Phil (who is confused but will never admit it) Vinman is NOT military. If he were he’d be subject to UCMJ prosectution.

    The fact that he wore his class-A’s to testify is literal “stage dressing” for a piece of Dimocratic performance art. I’m not sure what the UCMJ would say about that since vets will wear those to funerals or parades.

    1. Just for fun WHAT is the date that you believe Vindman ended his military service? You would not need to go back in history more than 2 years to know that HR McMaster remained ACTIVE DUTY while serving as the National Security ADVISER. WHY do you believe Vindman can only be one or the other?

  2. Phil,

    1. the Genital does confused so much better than you do.

    2.”You appear confused. WHERE did you get the idea Vindman is no longer a member of the military? He is a member of the White House National Security Council. The NSC is part of the Office of the President, NOT the State Department.”

    Apparently you do not understand that the NSC is NOT the military. You just made my points about Vindman AND your confusion.

    If Vindman WERE still in the miltary the UCMJ would make his actions illegal.

    1. Since Vindman IS STILL in the military, why has the marine corp not made his actions illegal?? WHERE did you get the idea that active military can not serve on the NSC? You did not get that notion from HR McMaster since he was forced out as National Security Adviser in March, 2018 and did not retire from the military until May, 2018.

  3. Yes SyPhyllis, I’ve seen the actual transcripts.

    ALL of Trump’s conversations with foreign leaders have been placed “on a super secret server ” for the very reason that this has become news, you f*cking idiot! Because Trump’s every classified phone call has been LEAKED to idiots like you and Schitt despite the fact that they should all be reguarded as confidential.

    Have you asked YOURSELF why he would F’ing care about what the whistleblower said? Especially when HE was the one doing the talking. OMG, your stupidity has no bounds!!

    BTW, Trump’s calls have been handled no differently than any other president’s calls. That’s a myth put forward by Schitt and his imaginary ” skin whistle huffer” I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with “skin whistle huffing”, , even if you’re not familiar with the term.

    1. WHAT was at the level of highly classified in the call? Did you see redactions? Sorry, you are also incorrect on my being familiar with “skin whistle huffing.” When I googled it I only got info on wheezing.

  4. Objectively speaking, one must ask two questions about Vindman.
    1. He’s Ukrainian and this involves Ukraine. It is NOT wrong to ask if he has a conflict-of-interest or may be accused of such.
    2. As a former officer and now State Dept. employee, where was his chain-of-command? There should be records of his complaints BUT one must also ask why if he objected so strongly he remained with the State Dept. (unlike the military)? If he had such strong objections why are they emerging ONLY NOW? Is he that spineless a deep-stater or is now just convenient?

    1. You appear confused. WHERE did you get the idea Vindman is no longer a member of the military? He is a member of the White House National Security Council. The NSC is part of the Office of the President, NOT the State Department. Serving on the NSC, his chain-of-command would have been John Bolton, now it would be Robert O’Brien. The NSC top lawyer has confirmed the receipt of Vindman’s concerns. LOL…you don’t like leakers to the press and you don’t like those who go thru the chain-of-command.—-It would appear that you just want everyone to remain silent. A hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil approach? Or is it, What the public does not know, can’t hurt Trump?

  5. James and Phoenix,

    It’s often been said that ALL service officers are politicians or they would not advance/survive. Consider Col. Oliver North. Also Gen. Flynn, John Kerry, John McCain, etc. And many others.

    These are people who served. It does not make them BETTER or more qualified. They are still people, however grateful we might be for their service. To borrow from the Catholic church, service IS NOT canonization.

    Service is a mark of distinction BUT does not necessarily make one a better human OR act as a “Get Out of Hell Free” card. In terms of politicians I consider it a plus that they didn’t emerge from law school to seek office and actually did SOMETHING. One must always question a lifelong politician or academician as to how they might relate or function in the real world.

    1. I now find it amusing that Ukrainian-born L/Col Alexander Vindman wore his Class A uniform to meet the Congressional ‘rats; something he does not wear at his normal job. He is required to wear “business attire” at work; never a uniform.

      Was his meeting with Congressional ‘rats in uniform just for show; or maybe intimidation as a decorated Army Lieutenant Colonel complete with his purple heart? I doubt he’ll now be pinning on bird colonel eagles if it is proven he is the so-called “whistleblower” (as in spy).

  6. Just because a man has silver oak leaves on his shoulders does not mean he’s a true “patriot”. Many officers in all branches of the military have been court martialed and sent to prison. [There is presently a Navy lieutenant under investigation for participating in a gun running operation here at the one NAS in Jacksonville, FL. He should expect to be dishonorably discharged and spend time at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. IF he were someone like Eric Holder for his (and #44’s) “Fast and Furious” gun running operation, he might consider running for POTUS.]

    1. And what in this man’s record implies that he is anything other than a patriot? Just because others have been less than patriotic doesn’t mean he isn’t.

  7. I have been looking for someone to come forward with a plan to Make America SANE Again. No one is more surprised than I that it was Liz Cheney. THANK YOU, to Liz Cheney. Your turn, Dems—Someone step up and speak to Bernie and his cheerleaders.

  8. Has anyone shown Trump the summary released by the WH of the phone call? Has Trump asked WHY the recording of the phone call was placed in the “super secret server”? It went from super secret protection to public release. Has Trump read the whistleblower’s complaint? The concerns outlined in the complaint are clearly in the WH release of the call summary.

    1. Yes SyPhyllis, I’ve seen the actual transcripts.

      ALL of Trump’s conversations with foreign leaders have been placed “on a super secret server ” for the very reason that this has become news, you f*cking idiot! Because Trump’s every classified phone call has been LEAKED to idiots like you and Schitt despite the fact that they should all be reguarded as confidential.

      Have you asked YOURSELF why he would F’ing care about what the whistleblower said? Especially when HE was the one doing the talking. OMG, your stupidity has no bounds!!

      BTW, Trump’s calls have been handled no differently than any other president’s calls. That’s a myth put forward by Schitt and his imaginary ” skin whistle huffer” I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with “skin whistle huffing”, , even if you’re not familiar with the term.

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