As Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified on the third day of public hearings in the House's impeachment inquiry of President Trump, there was a brief exchange between him and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) that caught the attention of observers. While addressing the career military officer, Nunes referred to him simply as "Mr. Vindman," prompting the witness to interrupt him and request that Nunes address him by using the proper rank.
"Ranking member, it's Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, please," Vindman said.
NEW: Lt. Col. Vindman corrects Rep. Devin Nunes after he refers to him as "Mr. Vindman." "Ranking member, it's Lie… https://t.co/n2FhNi1yS5— Yahoo News (@Yahoo News)1574178594.0
The moment, however brief, was a big hit on Twitter with many seeing it as just another example of Republicans' lack of respect for career military officers who also happen to potentially be adversarial to Trump.
@RVAwonk This made Nunes look even smaller than usual. Loved it.— YouroldEnglishteacher (@YouroldEnglishteacher)1574178806.0
@CAPAction @MoveOn Nunes should not even be in the same room as Lt Colonel Vindman. Say it loud, say it proud.— Mary Britt (@Mary Britt)1574178877.0
@RVAwonk And they did this with Ambassador Yovanovitch as well. They want to show absolutely no respect for these w… https://t.co/BMefIrO9dY— Jessica H (@Jessica H)1574179014.0
Nunes says "Mr. Vindman..." "Ranking member, It's Lt Col Vindman, please" Calling Aretha and R-E-S-P-E-C-T— Chris Jansing (@Chris Jansing)1574179327.0
Okay, this made me laugh... Devin Nunes: "Mr. Vindman, you testified--" Vindman: "Ranking Member, it is 'Lieutena… https://t.co/WMhcekkElx— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1574178319.0
Nunes: "Mr. Vindman -" Lt. Colonel Vindman: "Ranking Member, that's 'Lieutenant Colonel Vindman' to you" Yeah mot… https://t.co/Z57UuoJK2T— Miller Total Landscaping (@Miller Total Landscaping)1574178404.0
@RVAwonk I would say that's going to play poorly with the "Respect our troops!" crowd, but we sadly know they won't care...— Joshua and the Giant Blue Peach State (@Joshua and the Giant Blue Peach State)1574178763.0
@RVAwonk @cbn2 Mr. Vindman was my father. Call me Lt. Col. Vindman. Please continue mister Nuns.— Good Stuff Things (@Good Stuff Things)1574179018.0
@RVAwonk Mr. Vindman??? Good god, trump and his surrogates have no respect for anyone or anything.— Marla Tauscher (@Marla Tauscher)1574178991.0