- A GQ story from Oct. 29 said that Lt. Col. Alexander VIndman, a key witness in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, originally ran with a line saying that Vindman was awarded the Purple Heart after being injured by an IUD.
- Nearly a month later, a screenshot of the correction began circulating on Twitter, noting that Vindman was injured by an IED – an improvised explosive device – and not an IUD, a method of birth control.
- Vindman left Ukraine for the United States when he was 3, and now serves in the National Security Council as an expert on Ukraine.
- He has testified in the impeachment inquiry about overhearing a July 25 phone call between US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump asked Zelensky to invesitgate Vice President Joe Biden, who is running for president.
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An Oct. 29 GQ story about Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and how President Donald Trump regularly dismisses and disparages military veterans originally ran with a small – but glaring – mistake, stating that Vindman was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded by an IUD while on tour in Iraq.
A correction to the story noted that Vindman was actually injured by an IED, or an improvised explosive device, a common weapon deployed in combat zones. An IUD, or intrauterine device, is a very effective birth control method that can cause some pain and complications, but rarely kills or maims.
Screenshots of the correction started making their way around Twitter on Friday.
A+ correction pic.twitter.com/LveoknpEkG
— Jake Maccoby (@jdmaccoby) November 22, 2019
literally every time I say "IUD" i wonder if I'm getting it wrong and telling women to implant explosives into themselves so i feel this correction deeply https://t.co/EqGEl4Ad0O
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) November 22, 2019
Vindman testified during impeachment inquiries this week. He is a combat veteran who served multiple tours of duty, including a 2003 tour in Iraq, where he was injured by the IED and was awarded the Purple Heart, according to The New York Times.
Vindman and his family immigrated to the US when he was 3 from Ukraine. In his service in the Trump administration’s National Security Council, Vindman listened in on the July 25 phone call between Trump and the newly-elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and became alarmed that Trump was asking the leader of a foreign country to investigate a political rival.
“I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a US citizen,” he told House impeachment investigators, “and I was worried about the implications for the US government’s support of Ukraine.”
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