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."
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) November 19, 2019
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.
This made Nunes look even smaller than usual. Loved it.
— YouroldEnglishteacher (@youroldteacher) November 19, 2019
Nunes should not even be in the same room as Lt Colonel
Vindman. Say it loud, say it proud.
— Mary Britt (@deadshirly) November 19, 2019
And they did this with Ambassador Yovanovitch as well. They want to show absolutely no respect for these witnesses at all, even though they have earned it. Party over country…..🙄
— 🌎🌊Resist & Ride the #BlueWave 🌊🌎 (@jlah1974) November 19, 2019
Nunes says “Mr. Vindman…”
“Ranking member, It’s Lt Col Vindman, please”
Calling Aretha and R-E-S-P-E-C-T
— Chris Jansing (@ChrisJansing) November 19, 2019
Okay, this made me laugh…
Devin Nunes: “Mr. Vindman, you testified–”
Vindman: “Ranking Member, it is ‘Lieutenant Colonel, please.'”
Ouch. Sit the eff down, Devin.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) November 19, 2019
Nunes: “Mr. Vindman -“
Lt. Colonel Vindman: “Ranking Member, that’s ‘Lieutenant Colonel Vindman’ to you”
— PhaseOneOfMyAnnual Miller (@ldpm) November 19, 2019
I would say that’s going to play poorly with the “Respect our troops!” crowd, but we sadly know they won’t care…
— Jose with an H (@youdictategood) November 19, 2019
Mr. Vindman was my father.
Call me Lt. Col. Vindman.
Please continue mister Nuns.
— Good Stuff Things (@DrewSomervell) November 19, 2019
Mr. Vindman??? Good god, trump and his surrogates have no respect for anyone or anything.
— Marla Tauscher (@MarlaTauscher) November 19, 2019
‘It’s only $4.99 per month’: Trump urges supporters to sign up for network that went to Ukraine with Giuliani
President Donald Trump on Friday night urged his 67 million Twitter followers to pay for a monthly subscription to watch Facebook video from a far-right Fox News competitor.
Shortly after 10 p.m. eastern, the commander-in-chief retweeted a solicitation from the One America News network.
[caption id="attachment_1569174" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Screengrab of President Donald Trump's retweet of a One America News solicitation.[/caption]
Maddow destroys ‘bad faith’ complaints about impeachment from Republican Trump supporters
The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on Friday blasted "bad faith" arguments from Republicans about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Maddow recounted the process complaints by Republicans -- each of which has disappeared.
"After going through all of that, they now have unveiled a new objection as to why President Trump cannot actually be subject to this impeachment proceeding, a new noble stand they're taking for fairness and the American way -- they have rolled it out with our friends at the Fox News channel," Maddow said.
She played a clip of former GOP Speaker Newt Gingrich on Fox News.
Everyone is baffled by Trump’s rambling rant about flushing toilets ’10 times, 15 times’
Another day, another truly baffling series of words coming from President Donald Trump’s mouth.
Speaking at a White House meeting on Friday about small business and regulation, Trump went on one of his trademark riffs, touching on a number of subjects with the clarity of a muddy puddle. He seemed to be referring to a series of complaints that have been raised over the years about various consumer product regulations (a favorite topic of Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky) but without making a coherent point about any of them.
Read the whole stream of consciousness rant to get a sense of what it was like: