There is a lot at stake in this year’s presidential election. With four more years in office as president, Donald Trump could wreak even more havoc across the United States and world. One of his first-term targets was ret. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who served on the National Security Council until an unceremonious reassignment following his testimony against Trump during the impeachment proceedings against him. Vindman gave a firsthand account of the effort by the president and his team to pressure Ukraine into punitively investigating the Bidens. Now, the Vindman family has spoken out as part of a new video ad co-released by VoteVets and The Lincoln Project.
Trump and Republicans targeted Vindman with nationally visible antagonism following his testimony, and behind the scenes, officials mobilized against him — he was reassigned away from the National Security Council, and this past summer, he decided to resign from the military altogether in the face of what his lawyer called a “campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation” led by the president himself.
In the new VoteVets/ Lincoln Project ad, Alexander’s wife, Rachel Vindman, shares her experience. She explains:
‘The first time I felt threatened was just after Alex’s testimony. The most powerful man in the world came after our family, but what happened to us can happen to anyone. We received thousands of letters of support. America is so much better than Donald Trump, but he can cost this nation so much more with four more years.’
With four more years in office, Trump would no doubt continue to push people like Vindman out of government service, leaving allies of his most feverish political agenda to carry out the functions of the government. That development could be disastrous. Check out the new VoteVets/ Lincoln Project ad in full below:
Trump actively disparages the selfless heroism of our military. @AVindman not only felt the brunt of Trump’s disgusting attacks, but so did his family.
In a new ad, in partnership with @ProjectLincoln, the Vindmans tell their story.
— VoteVets (Text VOTEVETS to 88424) (@votevets) October 16, 2020
Following Vindman’s testimony, and the testimony of other then-current administration officials, Trump was impeached, but the Republican-led Senate chose, unsurprisingly, to acquit him of both of the charges against him. By and large, most of those Congressional Republicans have enabled Trump’s destructive belligerence at just about every step of the way — and now, some of their political futures may be in jeopardy. Democrats are doing well in a slew of U.S. Senate races across the country.
Check out Twitter’s supportive response to the new ad featuring the Vindmans below: