Elon Musk just used Twitter to call out yet another regime toady for being, well, a regime toady. That would be Alex Vindman, the former Army officer of Eastern European extraction who has remained in the center of the storm of the various crises revolving around Ukraine, Russia, and Trump ever since he testified during the Congressional hearing regarding Trump and the Ukraine.
Elon’s attacks on Vindman came during a conversation about bots and spam on Twitter, specifically their being used to push a particular narrative or talking point. It began when one account pointed out how many accounts are being used by Twitter to push the exact same narrative, saying:
BLEEP BLOOP KINDA WEIRD THAT @ELONMUSK GETS TO DECIDE HOW LIKE A HALF-BILLION PEOPLE COMMUNICATE BLEEP. WAY TOO MUCH POWER FOR ONE ERRATIC INDIVIDUAL TO WEILD, DON’T YOU THINK BLOOP?
BLEEP BLOOP KINDA WEIRD THAT @ELONMUSK GETS TO DECIDE HOW LIKE A HALF-BILLION PEOPLE COMMUNICATE BLEEP. WAY TOO MUCH POWER FOR ONE ERRATIC INDIVIDUAL TO WEILD, DON'T YOU THINK BLOOP? pic.twitter.com/IB4qfuTZM8
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) November 27, 2022
Replying to Blum, Elon said “They’re bots in human form” then added that “Note, spamming, whether done by a set of humans or bots is against ToS“.
Adding to that, Elon made his comment about Alex Vindman, one of the “bots in human form” included in the screenshot, saying “Vindman is both puppet & puppeteer. Question is who pulls his strings … ?”
Well, Vindman freaked out after Elon posted that, saying:
I’ll put my reputation up against yours any day. I’ve spent my entire adult life in service to my country. Upheld my oath to protect & defend this nation at great personal cost. You’ve demonstrated yourself to be a purveyor of hate and division. Let history be the judge.
Tesla stock is plummeting, Twitter is on the verge of insolvency, SpaceX succeeded in spite of you. You have a chance to salvage your legacy. Try this as your touchstone. Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. LeaDeRSHIP. #Armyvalues
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Summing up how many tired of his pearl-clutching and false appeals to patriotism while acting like a foreign agent and outright partisan feel, one account commented, on his post about “service,” “Which country have you served? Ukraine? Israel?”
Vindman is the Army officer that rose to national prominence when he testified before Congress during the Trump-Ukraine impeachment process. During the hearing Vindman was noted for his ridiculously melodramatic testimony. In his opening statement, for example, he said:
I also recognize that my simple act of appearing here today, just like the courage of my colleagues who have also truthfully testified before this committee, would not be tolerated in many places around the world…Dad, I’m sitting here today in the U.S. Capitol. Talking to our elected professionals is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union and come here to the United States of America in search of a better life for our family. Do not worry. I will be fine for telling the truth.