Over the weekend, NBC News White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell asked Donald Trump about his animosity toward Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman:
NEW: President Trump threatens to expose information about Lt. Col. Vindman. Watch. pic.twitter.com/pEmUlJkqvB
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) November 3, 2019
Blue-checked “author, journalist, supporter of the oppressed” Linda McQuaig took great offense to O’Donnell addressing Trump by “sir”:
Please stop calling him "sir." https://t.co/KYYwDJjoCK
— Linda McQuaig (@LindaMcQuaig) November 4, 2019
But O’Donnell was not apologetic in the least:
Sorry, I will always treat any president I cover with respect. I hope our viewers would expect nothing less. Civility can be a choice we make each day. https://t.co/DS70S7dBrx
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) November 4, 2019
Regardless of one’s personal feelings about the president, the office deserves respect. O’Donnell is absolutely right, and good on her for standing up for civility.
— Jeff Dunetz (@yidwithlid) November 4, 2019
I agree @KellyO
— Kenny G (@DJKS3) November 4, 2019
Agree with Kelly here.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) November 4, 2019
I do, too. Kelly shouldn’t lower her professional standards. She reports the news to people who do respect Trump in addition to those who don’t & must maintain impartiality & respect for the office.
— Karin Hildebrand Lau (@Karimala1) November 5, 2019
— Vader (@vaderbaiter) November 4, 2019
Of course, not everyone’s grateful for O’Donnell’s commitment to professionalism:
— Rogue WH Snr Advisor (@RogueSNRadvisor) November 4, 2019
But he’s not a real President & he doesn’t deserve any respect from anyone
— Tara Dublin (@taradublinrocks) November 4, 2019
Bowing and scraping does not equal civility. Normalizing a criminal is complicity.
— Elizabeth Quinn (@julepandme) November 4, 2019
Yes, I for one appreciated when the German press referred to Hitler as sir. Gotta make sure we are civil towards our dictators and tyrants.
— MetsGonnaMet (@VA_LFGM) November 4, 2019
You are part of the problem Kelly.
— Janet Walker (@exbrit66) November 4, 2019
But, to be blunt, it sucks to be them. They’re free to be as petty as they like — and O’Donnell’s free to rise above such pettiness.
Ignore the clown show. Carry on as a pro. Don't compromise. pic.twitter.com/APz1P2kCwi
— lizbuddie (@lizbuddie) November 4, 2019