Amid an impeachment inquiry before the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, liberal commentators on social media criticized Rep. Jim Jordan for not wearing a suit jacket to the proceedings.
The inquiry centers around the propriety of a July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
During Tuesday’s public impeachment hearing, the Ohio Republican grilled Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the White House National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert.
Jordan has earned the ire of Trump’s critics for his prominent public role in defending the president.
Several accused Jordan on Tuesday of harboring “disrespect” for the proceedings and being “unprofessional.”
I’m watching you lie to the American people right now. Vindman Heard the phone call. pic.twitter.com/2vMtyI9LpW
— Oregon Native~~~ (@TylerBuckles5) November 19, 2019
Liberal writer Andy Ostroy contrasted Jordan’s appearance with that of Vindman, referring to the Republican congressman as an “unAmerican traitor.”
What a striking distinction. The patriot on the right is wearing a medal-draped active-duty military jacket. The unAmerican traitor on the left can’t even show enough respect to put on a f’ing jacket. A picture says a thousand words… @Jim_Jordan #JimJordan #VindmanTestimony pic.twitter.com/oP5JMurcBr
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) November 19, 2019
Others suggested Jordan’s motivations for not wearing a jacket were an attempt to signal blue-collar bonafides.
I wish someone would just throw a jacket over @Jim_Jordan's shoulders. That whole "Ima man of thuh people, that's why I can't afford a suit jacket" schtick is lame, and simply shouts his lazy arrogance.
You're a U.S. Congressman, dress like one – even if you can't act like one.
— Paul Walters (@grandstick) November 19, 2019
Political commentator Michelangelo Signorile compared Jordan to a “bad frat boy who can’t put a jacket on and has to be reprimanded all the time.”
“I just want Lt. Col. Vindman to tell Jim Jordan: ‘Congressman, put on a f—ing suit jacket,'” tweeted transgender activist and Human Rights Campaign press secretary Charlotte Clymer.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post went as far as to publish a fashion editorial exhorting Jordan to “put on a jacket.”
Having practically every inch of the paper devoted to cheering the sham impeachment is evidently not good enough for the @washingtonpost.
Now they’ve got their FASHION CRITIC on the case!
Shockingly they pan the GOP & rave about the Dem witnesses.https://t.co/1mcuQPEucD
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) November 16, 2019
Vox writer Matt Yglesias pointed out that sartorial informality cuts across partisan politics.
A reality show where someone goes shopping with Jim Jordan and Pete Buttigieg to get them suit jackets.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) November 19, 2019
And even satire outlet The Onion took a dig at Jordan.
— The Onion (@TheOnion) November 19, 2019
Impeachment, day 3
During his opening statement, Vindman told lawmakers that “vile character attacks” against public servants testifying in the impeachment inquiry were “reprehensible,” urging Americans to be “better than callow and cowardly attacks.” Vindman, an Iraq war veteran, appeared at the hearing wearing his Army uniform and medals.
Vindman did not specifically mention Trump when he referred to “cowardly attacks.” Some Trump allies in the conservative media have questioned Vindman’s loyalty to the United States.
“It is improper for the president of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen and political opponent,” Vindman said in his opening statement in the second week of public hearings.
Three other witnesses were scheduled to testify at Tuesday’s hearing: Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine; Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence; and former National Security Council Russia expert Tim Morrison.