Trump Lashes Out at Stolen Valor, ‘Toys for Tots’ Blumenthal

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President Trump on Monday launched a renewed attack on Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), calling him “a phony Vietnam con artist” on Twitter after the senator appeared on television.

Trump’s series of tweets came after Blumenthal voiced support on CNN for continuing the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in last year’s election and expressed concern about the Department of Justice’s increased focus on rooting out administration officials who leak information damaging to Trump.

“Politicizing the Department of Justice for personal ends, I think, is a disservice to the law, and it’s also potentially a violation of the spirit of the First Amendment,” Blumenthal said, suggesting the department was “weaponizing” laws against leaking sensitive information.

“Never in U.S.history has anyone lied or defrauded voters like Senator Richard Blumenthal,” Trump wrote on Twitter shortly afterward. “He told stories about his Vietnam battles and … conquests, how brave he was, and it was all a lie. He cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness like a child.”

Interesting to watch Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut talking about hoax Russian collusion when he was a phony Vietnam con artist!

Never in U.S.history has anyone lied or defrauded voters like Senator Richard Blumenthal. He told stories about his Vietnam battles and….

…conquests, how brave he was, and it was all a lie. He cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness like a child. Now he judges collusion?

Trump was referencing a 2010 controversy over Blumenthal’s military service. During his Senate campaign, Blumenthal came under sharp criticism for repeated remarks over the years that he had “served” in Vietnam, even though he did his full Marine service in the United States.

Blumenthal obtained several deferments between 1965 and 1970 and then joined the Marine Corps Reserve, but did not serve in Vietnam. He later said he misspoke and intended to say that he was in the Marine Reserve during the Vietnam conflict.

Blumenthal responded to Trump on Twitter later Monday morning,writing, “Mr. President: Your bullying hasn’t worked before and it won’t work now. No one is above the law.”

Mr. President: Your bullying hasn’t worked before and it won’t work now. No one is above the law.

Trump has attacked Blumenthal on the same issue on past occasions.

In February, Trump pointed to the episode in trying to undermine Blumenthal’s credibility after he publicly shared that Trump’s then-Supreme Court nominee, Neil M. Gorsuch, had told him he found Trump’s attacks on the federal judiciary “disheartening” and “demoralizing.” Gorsuch later acknowledged having those concerns.

In May, Trump went after Blumenthal when the senator was critical of the president during television appearances for his firing of then-FBI Director James B. Comey.

“Watching Senator Richard Blumenthal speak of Comey is a joke,” Trump said in one of those tweets.

The president’s tweets on Monday came during what aides are describing as a 17-day “working vacation” at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. In an earlier series of tweets, Trump stated that his political base is stronger than ever, despite recent polling to the contrary.

In recent days, Trump aides have touted a greater discipline brought to the White House by retired Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, Trump’s new chief of staff. Since the arrival of Kelly, who joined Trump in Bedminster over the weekend, the president has continued to be active on Twitter.

2 comments on “Trump Lashes Out at Stolen Valor, ‘Toys for Tots’ Blumenthal
  1. “PHONY DICK”, why has this worthless SOB not been brought up on Stolen Valor charges. How can the Marines sit on their hands and let this hack dishonor the Corp? He epitomizes the phase, “lying cowardy REMF”. To look at him makes me want to puke, as it should any American Veteran. Of all groups the Marine Corp has not called him out, why not? Why hasn’t the DOJ indicted him? Blumenthal is a NATIONAL DISGRACE!!

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