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Duffy faces backlash after questioning Vindman’s patriotism

October 29, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy is facing criticism after appearing to question the patriotism of an Army officer at the National Security Council who twice raised concerns over the Trump administration’s push to have Ukraine investigate Democrats.

Duffy’s comments Tuesday on CNN about the closed-door testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman led to the hashtag #FireSeanDuffy trending nationally on Twitter.

Vindman arrived in the United States as a 3-year-old from the former Soviet Union. Duffy said of Vindman, “it seems very clear that he is incredibly concerned about Ukrainian defense. I don’t know if he’s concerned about American policy.” Duffy also said, “I understand that we all have an affinity to our homeland ... I’m sure Vindman has the same affinity.”

Duffy later backtracked on Twitter, calling Vindman “an American war hero.”

Duffy resigned from office in September but is widely considered to be a possible candidate for other office, including governor, in 2022.