WATCH: Ret. General Calls Out Lindsey Graham For Smearing Lt. Col. Vindman
Retired Brig. Gen. Peter Zwack became emotional on Monday as he lamented the way Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) treated Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman in a weekend interview, after Vindman had been ousted from the White House in retaliation for crossing President Donald Trump.
According to RawStory, Zwack — who served as Vindman’s mentor — appeared on CNN, where he recalled a time that Graham, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) came to visit the troops while he served in Afghanistan.
“We thought you guys were rockstars,” Zwack said. “Where are you now, sir?”
Over the weekend, Graham “blamed Vindman and people like him in the so-called ‘Deep State’ for partisan political attacks on the president,” RawStory noted.
“I know Alex. I’ve known him for a long time,” the retired general told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. Zwack added that he and Vindman had spoken about three times in the past several months, “usually after, if you will, an assault on his character.”
“He wears the uniform proudly and he’s uncertain of that future as well,” Zwack said. “I think that seniors at a very, very high level should not be dump that way publicly by statement or the God-gun of a tweet, in demeaning his personality.”
Becoming a little emotional, Zwack said one thing in all of this that offends him greatly is that “so many other people have piled in that don’t even know him.”