Never Forget Amb. Marie Yovanovitch, a Heroic Survivor of the Trumpists’ Warped, Twisted, and Depraved Culture

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PHOTO: Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, testifies before a House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 15, 2019.

Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch testifies before House Intelligence Committee as part of Trump impeachment hearings.

In 2019, Donald Trump, alarmed over the dimming prospects for his re-election in 2020, concocted a blackmail scheme in which he would withhold vital military aid to Ukraine to pressure the Ukrainians into supplying information linking Joe Biden to alleged criminal acts committed by his son, Hunter, while he was working for a Ukrainian firm.

An obstacle to implementing this scheme was the United States Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, a respected career Foreign Service officer. When she refused to go along, Trump—aided by  professional schemer and sleaze, Rudolf Giuliani—launched a savage campaign of character assassination against her, including totally unsubstantiated charges of her being complicit in criminal activities.   

Trump privately told Ukrainian President Zelensky that “the woman was bad news” and that “she’s going to go through some things.” Trump’s vindictive lies were uncovered in the investigation surrounding his impeachment hearings. Even as Yovanovitch was giving sworn testimony to Congress about Trump’s demented conspiracy theories, he released a tweet stating the boldfaced lie that “everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad.”  

Trump’s use of proven lies to deliver a mean, warped, childish, vindictive attack on Amb. Yovanovitch even as she was displaying her  honorable, decent character in her testimony to Congress sharpened the line separating two cultures in America: one, a culture that remains faithful to America’s basic moral and democratic values; the other, the followers of a crass bully who daily tramples underfoot God’s 10 Commandments, Jesus’ Golden rule, the rule of law—and our basic moral and democratic values.

This brave and heroic woman had no agenda other than to serve the country she loves. Her clear, straightforward depiction of the abuse and smears she received and the corruption of United States foreign policy and security to serve the political and financial interests of the president and his enablers should never be ignored or dismissed

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