Not too long after President Trump hinted he'd be booted from his post at the White House for daring to testify in the House impeachment inquiry, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was reportedly escorted from the White House on Friday.
Vindman was on the receiving end of a huge wave of right-wing vitriol in the wake of his testimony in November -- vitriol that also came from the White House and Fox News.
The move was met with disdain from many of Trump's critics on Twitter, who felt it was nothing more than political retribution carried out by Trump:
It’s one thing to shorten an army officer’s detail to the White House. It’s another to have security escort out an… https://t.co/145ecMwHTU— Bill Kristol (@Bill Kristol) 1581109195.0
This is appalling. Lt. Col. Vindman, a Purple Heart recipient, has honorably served our country and is a true hero.… https://t.co/T4xZKfBV9B— Rep. Ed Perlmutter (@Rep. Ed Perlmutter) 1581109927.0
The stunning level of brazen corruption from this administration, now completely unburdened by fear of oversight du… https://t.co/rwiQnzlRNc— David Wilson Brown (@David Wilson Brown) 1581109359.0
This is disgraceful. https://t.co/yFNWiuaPIi— Claudia Eller (@Claudia Eller) 1581109131.0
LTC. Vindman is a hero. This is how Trump treats a distinguished Purple Heart recipient. A national disgrace. https://t.co/fZaDYjS2F3— Rep. Don Beyer (@Rep. Don Beyer) 1581109620.0
Trump gets to have anyone who he wants to have in the NSC but let's be clear, he's waiting for two days after the i… https://t.co/9T7qoNmKAU— Kombiz Lavasany (@Kombiz Lavasany) 1581109364.0
Today, this hero was removed from his job, in what his lawyer says was retribution... for telling the truth. https://t.co/mIzfwkZDyA— Justin Hendrix (@Justin Hendrix) 1581109504.0
Lt. Col. Vindman’s purge from the NSC is more than effort to silence those around Trump. By coming forward with wha… https://t.co/zxnZeVXy29— Ned Price (@Ned Price) 1581109505.0