Monday 28 November 2022

Trump Impeachment Figure Alexander Vindman Goes to War Against Elon Musk

 Ukrainian-born Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman (US Army Ret.), a key figure in the first impeachment of President Trump over his “perfect” phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in 2019, has gone to war against Elon Musk over Musk’s purchase of Twitter. Vindman is yet another in a growing list of progressive heroes attacking Musk on Twitter, posting attacks on Musk on Saturday and Sunday.

Vindman attacked Musk overnight, saying, “Kinda weird that @elonmusk gets to decide how like a half-billion people communicate. Way too much power for one erratic individual to wield, don’t you think?” (Vindman edited the tweet to correct a misspelling of ‘weird’.

Musk responded indirectly to Vindman with a post replying to Noam Blum who posted about the series of perfect replications of the Vindman tweet by other accounts. Musk commented, “They’re bots in human form”


Musk followed with a comment on spamming and then a comment on Vindman, whom he did not tag, “Note, spamming, whether done by a set of humans or bots is against ToS”…”Vindman is both puppet & puppeteer. Question is who pulls his strings … ?”

Vindman unloaded on Musk Sunday afternoon, “I’ll put my reputation up against yours any day. I’ve spent my entire adult life in service to my country. Upheld my oath to protect & defend this nation at great personal cost. You’ve demonstrated yourself to be a purveyor of hate and division. Let history be the judge.”

“Tesla stock is plummeting, Twitter is on the verge of insolvency, SpaceX succeeded in spite of you. You have a chance to salvage your legacy. Try this as your touchstone. Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. LeaDeRSHIP. #Armyvalues”…”On more thing. I urge you to checkout Post. It looks very promising and likely to outlive Twitter.”

Vindman and his wife Rachel made a husband and wife joke about her controlling him, “I basically have him trained at this point so no need to pull his strings.”…”I barely have a say in my own house. #happywifehappylife”

President Trump was the only president of the 21st Century on whose watch Vladimir Putin did not invade another country. Unlike Obama, Trump armed Ukraine, yet Vindman tried to remove Trump from office. Puppet or puppeteer, indeed.

UPDATE: Reminder (via Foreign Policy) that Musk literally saved Ukraine with his gift of Starlink access and terminals that enabled Ukraine’s government, military and civilians to use satellite internet to stay online and defend the nation against the Russian invasion:

“Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna said Starlink has played a crucial role in helping Ukraine to mount its defense against the Russian invasion, particularly in the early days of the war. “Our government has been able to be operational because I had Starlink over my head,” she said. “This has been a turning point in our survival.”

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