Vindman, who came to the US from Ukraine as a child before the fall of the Soviet Union is a National Security Council official who has spoken out against Trump and the apparent withholding of military aid in return for Ukraine investigating the Bidens.
He is also an actual war hero. Having served the US army since 1999, he was awarded the Purple Heart medal after he was wounded whilst under attack during the Iraq War in 2004. Vindman is, without a shadow of a doubt, a man who has put his life on the line for his country and is quite rightly regarded by many as a hero.
Unless you’re Donald Trump Jr of course whom took to Twitter as the hearing began to call into question his heroics by tweeting a link to an article with Lt. Col Vindman’s face as the image along with the words:
Let’s stop pretending every impeachment witness is a selfless hero
Let’s Stop Pretending Every Impeachment Witness Is A Selfless Hero https://t.co/f2Jq7SdxO9
It's not the first time that Trump Jr has attempted to attack military personnel, despite the fact his family has scant record of having served themselves.
Donald Trump famously avoided military service during the Vietnam War due to somewhat suspicious 'bone spurs', receiving no fewer than five draft deferrals. Trump Jr's great grandfather also emigrated to the US in 1885 specifically to avoid conscription into the Imperial German Army.
Despite this Trump Jr and the president have both repeatedly mocked the late Republican senator and decorated veteran John McCaine, a man who was held for six-years as a prisoner of war.
Of McCaine, the president famously caused outrage by saying:
He's a war hero because he was captured? I like people that weren't captured.