Americans across the country were furious when President Donald Trump fired Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman after Trump was acquitted in his impeachment trial by the Republican Senate.
Vindman complied with a congressional subpoena to testify before the House committee overseeing Trump's impeachment inquiry last year.
The career military official and Purple Heart recipient was escorted out by security along with his twin brother, an NSC official who played no part in the impeachment proceedings.
But Trump wasn't done.
Naturally, he took to Twitter to besmirch Vindman's character, even putting his rank in quotation marks.
Fake News @CNN & MSDNC keep talking about “Lt. Col.” Vindman as though I should think only how wonderful he was. Ac… https://t.co/5A9tYC1oFv— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1581172869.0
....was given a horrendous report by his superior, the man he reported to, who publicly stated that Vindman had pro… https://t.co/7wDwzPyqzn— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1581172869.0
The report Trump is referring to was mentioned during Vindman's testimony, only for Vindman to respond with a more recent glowing report from the same superior.
Still fuming at the legions of people defending Vindman, Trump recently continued his attacks on Geraldo Rivera's podcast, claiming that people applauded when the Lieutenant Colonel was escorted out:
"Vindman was someone who when we took him out, the building applauded ... many people in the building started applauding."
Yet again, his attempts to smear Vindman aren't working.
The Lieutenant Colonel's lawyer was quick to respond.
JUST IN: Vindman’s attorney is out with a statement on Trump’s Geraldo interview. He says the president is “encoura… https://t.co/Kolynh7mgp— Kyle Cheney (@Kyle Cheney)1581630076.0
He said in part:
"LTC Vindman complied with a subpoena. The President would have him defy it.
LTC Vindman told the truth under oath. The President would have him lie."
People weren't buying Trump's claim that National Security Council officials applauded when Vindman was escorted out.
Nobody applauded when Vindman left you asshat.— Chick Hernandez (@Chick Hernandez)1581643011.0
Trump's last lie that the room applauded when Lt Col Vindman was escorted out of the room may well be his most slim… https://t.co/rdkS0ueuqs— jdsocci (@jdsocci)1581630458.0
@Kokomothegreat Here's when the whole building will REALLY applaud. https://t.co/dQjr9JJPlf— Trial Lawyer Richard (@Trial Lawyer Richard)1581630460.0
@Kokomothegreat Lies desperate lies— Unk Mike's Wife (@Unk Mike's Wife)1581636035.0
@Kokomothegreat Another flood of lies. 25th amendment people! https://t.co/8bfriVHwHK— DebPowell59 (@DebPowell59)1581630721.0
@Kokomothegreat There is just no limit to his lies and his base believes every word he says.— Linda Chivers Lutzke 🏄🏄🏄 (@Linda Chivers Lutzke 🏄🏄🏄)1581632616.0
@Kokomothegreat The only things missing in that b.s. story are the 'Sir' at the beginning and the people in tears as they applauded.— D Villella ❄️ (@D Villella ❄️)1581631052.0
Trump also claimed that he'd consider doing away with having experts like Vindman monitor his calls with foreign leaders.