In addition to naming teen climate activist Greta Thunberg as their 2019 “person of the year,” Time Magazine has included multiple Trump impeachment witnesses on the cover of their “Guardians of the Year” public servants graphic.
Pictured (left to right) are former Ambassadors Marie Yovanovitch, Bill Taylor, NSC officials Fiona Hill and Lt. Colonel Vindman.
— TIME (@TIME) December 11, 2019
Not everyone was impressed with the selection on social media.
John McNally wrote “Guardians of the Swamp!”
Guardians of the Swamp !
— John McNally (@john_mcnally) December 11, 2019
— DJ (@DJNYified) December 11, 2019
John David Powell wrote “Is this Time or the Onion?”
Is this Time or the Onion?
— John David Powell (@jdpowell72) December 11, 2019
R Hop wrote “Time Magazine~ bird cage liner of the year”
The whistleblower who first sounded the alarm on Trump’s efforts to strongarm Ukraine into delivering political dirt on a rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, in exchange for vital military aid and a White House meeting.
Marie Yovanovitch, the US’s ambassador to Ukraine who was forced out of her position for refusing to go along with Trump’s and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s scheme.
Bill Taylor, the career diplomat who replaced Yovanovitch and testified about the extent of the quid pro quo Trump and Giuliani were engaged in.
Fiona Hill, the National Security Council’s former senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs, who witnessed and reported what she described as the “domestic political errand” that had hijacked US foreign policy.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the NSC’s top Ukraine expert, who witnessed the July 25 phone call at the center of the impeachment inquiry and reported his concerns up the chain of command.
David Holmes, a member of Taylor’s staff who overheard a July 26 phone call between Trump and Gordon Sondland, the US’s ambassador to the European Union, directly discussing Trump’s effort to dig up political dirt on Biden.
Mark Sandy, an official at the Office of Management and Budget who struggled to understand why Trump withheld military aid after Congress approved it, and who raised concerns about it to his superior.
Yovanovitch, Taylor, Hill, and Vindman are featured on Time’s cover.