When Rep. Marco Rubio
(R-Fla.) attempted to troll President Joe Biden
with a completely inaccurate Ukraine
dig, the wife of whistleblower Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman
had none of it.
Following a Politico
report — which the White House
has denied — that the Biden administration
had frozen security assistance to Ukraine, Rubio snarked, "Remember when freezing military
aid to Ukraine was an impeachable offense?"
Remember when freezing Ukraine's military aid was an impeachable offense? https://t.co/Ci5FEpHv7j
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 18, 2021
Rubio may have been joking, but clearly, Donald Trump
was about far more than withholding military aid to Ukraine. It was about freezing weapons and aid from the US until Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky agreed to do a personal political favor for Trump — launch an investigation
into baseless accusations against a political rival. Vindman testified to that during Trump's impeachment.
“I suspected it was illegal, but I knew right away that it was wrong and that it was my duty to report it,” Vindman said in an interview
Rachel Vindman was delighted to educate Rubio on the distinction.
“Oh no, you don’t,” she retweeted, “what was impeachable was the attempted extortion
. You’re so bad at this; you can’t even troll well.”
Oh, no, you don't; what was impeachable was the attempt at extortion; you're so bad at this that you can't even troll well. — Rachel Vindman (@natsechobbyist) June 18, 2021
Alexander Vindman responded as well, albeit a little more gently than his wife.
What do I know? https://t.co/WmG7vdvZyf
— Alexander S. Vindman (@AVindman) June 18, 2021
Other Rubio critics joined in on Rachel Vindman's attack
, with one slyly remarking, "Bless your little heart." A "quid pro quo" extortion requires "a quid AND a quo, not just one of either."
Oh, bless your little heart. A "quid-pro-quo" requires both a quid and a quo, not just one of either. — Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) June 18, 2021
Actually, freezing aid is not an impeachable offense; instead, extorting a foreign country in order to go after your political rival is. But you know that, and you know your moron audience. Florida
, upgrade your state by firing Lil Marco and hiring Val Demings
. — HawaiiDelilahTM -- Fully Vaxxed -- (@HawaiiDelilah) June 18, 2021
There appears to be a distinction between freezing aid if the National Security
Council indicates that conditions have changed and doing so in secret to gather dirt on a political opponent. pic.twitter.com/cwBxaqUuoo — Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) June 18, 2021
Rubio hasn't responded yet.