Stand with Tennessee Veterans and Military families against Senator Marsha Blackburn and her attacks against decorated war veteran, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. The Tennessee Democratic Party Veterans and Military Families Caucus has drafted the following letter and invite you to sign in support.
Recently, Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee repeatedly attacked Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key National Security Council aide, who testified before Congress at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
We, the undersigned members of the Tennessee Democratic Party Veterans and Military Families Caucus, hail Alexander Vindman as an American patriot. We denounce Senator Blackburn’s attacks on Lt. Col. Vindman, a highly decorated member of the U.S. Army, and call for her to apologize to Lt. Col. Vindman.
We live in America, which affords us the right to speak out when we believe we have witnessed a wrong, especially when it affects us all. This country also gives us the freedom to disagree with one another, with no other consequence than to be held accountable by one another. Senator Blackburn obviously does not agree with Lt. Col. Vindman, as is her right. However, as veterans and the families of retired and active service members, we are deeply offended that, instead of disagreeing with him respectfully, she chose to defame and slander a member of the military on social media and question his patriotism. As Tennesseans, we are deeply embarrassed that she would do so as a member of the U.S. Senate, the world’s greatest and most respected deliberative body, while representing the great state of Tennessee.
While testifying before the House panel in November, Lt. Col. Vindman told lawmakers that Trump’s push for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden on a July call was “inappropriate,” and he knew “without hesitation” that he had to report it, prompting personal attacks from the President and his closest supporters.
In a series of tweets, Senator Blackburn questioned the Purple Heart recipient’s patriotism and repeated the unfounded claim that he had leaked knowledge of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the whistleblower, whose complaint initially prompted the investigation into the President’s conduct in Ukraine.
Senator Blackburn’s public attacks against Vindman offend all of us, particularly her tweet repeating this charge: “…Do not let the uniform fool you. He is a political activist in uniform.”
Members of the Tennessee Democratic Party Veterans and Military Families Caucus also support our fellow veteran Retired Brig. Gen. Peter Zwack, who was Vindman’s commanding officer between 2012 and 2014 and has requested the Senator remove her accusations from the public:
“Dear Sen Blackburn. I was LTC Vindman’s boss in Moscow between 2012-14….Shall I visit you to privately discuss his loyalty & reliability w/ you. Pls take these unfounded, corrosive accusations out of the public domain. They’re wrong & hurtful!”
We, the undersigned members of the Tennessee Democratic Party Veterans and Military Families Caucus, know that Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman is a patriot. He does not deserve to be attacked by Senator Blackburn for standing up and defending the Constitution. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman has sacrificed enormously for our country. We support him unconditionally and, like him, we believe our country and our Constitution is worth fighting for.
Tom Keefe, Chair TNDP Veterans & Military Families Caucus, U.S. Army, Vietnam Veteran
Robert D. Tuke, Chair TNDP Veterans & Military Families Caucus, U.S. Marine Vietnam Veteran
Laurence Best, U.S. Army 1968-1979
Christine Accorsi, U.S. Army veteran
Larry E. Bolinger
Dr. Edward M. Ducey, Jr., Veteran, USN
Richard P. Journagin Jr
Michaelann Keefe, Spouse, US Army Vietnam Veteran
Mary M Kelley, Disabled Vietnam Era Veteran
Mr. and Mrs. Dante Renner
Professor Kenneth Stephenson
Ann Hewitt-Worthington, Spouse, Disabled Vietnam Veteran
and the Tennessee Democratic Party Veterans and Military Families Caucus