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Trump defenders going after U.S. war hero is new low

By S.E. Cupp, Tribune Content Agency on

Trying to keep up with the ever-changing positions of President Trump's loyalists is hard work.

This week, Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham and Brian Kilmeade, Fox News guest John Yoo, CNN contributor Sean Duffy and others suggested that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a Ukrainian-born American, war hero and Purple Heart recipient, was loyal to Ukraine because of his testimony before Congress.

Ingraham actually used the odious words "dual loyalty," while Yoo offered that Vindman's damning testimony about Trump's call to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky was akin to "espionage." Duffy decided that Vindman had put his "affinity for Ukraine" above his love of America -- whom he has literally bled for -- and Kilmeade more colorfully offered that he was "simpatico with Ukraine."

In some surprising and good news, many Republicans stepped forward to rebuke these disgusting smears.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "I'm not going to question the patriotism of any of the people who are coming forward."

Sen. Mitt Romney described the attacks as "absurd, disgusting and way off the mark." Sen. Liz Cheney said, "Questioning the patriotism, questioning the dedication to the country of people like Mr. Vindman ... I think that we need to show that we are better than that as a nation."

 

Of course, these same Republicans helped elect a president who did just that routinely while running for office. Remember, Trump smeared Sen. John McCain, a Trump critic, for his military service, saying, "He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."

He belittled a Gold Star family, whose son's death he said he could have prevented had he been president. He questioned the loyalty of American Jews who voted for Democrats. And since getting elected, Trump has questioned the patriotism of four women of color in Congress and has regularly attacked his own generals, law enforcement and intelligence community.

So, it should be no surprise that his acolytes have taken up the disgusting practice in service of their master.

Except, that is, when they're outraged that someone else is questioning an American's patriotism.

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