President Trump likes to taunt his enemies however he appears to have a particular place in his Twitter thumb for Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut Democrat who was speaking concerning the Russia investigation on CNN on Monday morning.
Trump has talked about Blumenthal in at the very least 4 different tweets, on two separate dates since February, in line with the Trump Twitter Archive.
Every time, Trump has maligned Blumenthal for misrepresenting his army service in the course of the Vietnam Conflict, an ironic line of assault from a president who acquired 5 deferments from the draft and by no means served in uniform.
Trump’s lack of army service shouldn’t be distinctive within the White Home.
Presidents Clinton and Obama by no means served in uniform, and President George W. Bush sparked controversy together with his service within the Texas Air Nationwide Guard in the course of the Vietnam period. He was not deployed overseas.
President Reagan spent most of World Warfare II in California, the place he produced coaching movies for the Military Air Forces. President George H.W. Bush, a Navy pilot, was shot down in World Conflict II, and Presidents Ford and Carter each served aboard ships within the Navy.
None of these presidents referred to as out others for his or her service, nevertheless.
Trump referred to as Blumenthal a “phony Vietnam con artist” in a single tweet Monday and stated he “defrauded voters” in one other. In February, he accused Blumenthal of a “main lie” on the topic. In Might, he alleged Blumenthal dedicated “one of many biggest army frauds in U.S. historical past.”
“Fascinating to observe Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut speaking about hoax Russian collusion when he was a phony Vietnam con artist!” Trump tweeted Monday.
Certainly, Blumenthal was pressured to apologize in 2010 for saying he had served in Vietnam, when in truth he served within the Marine Corps Reserves through the interval and was not deployed overseas.
Trump’s personal army historical past has come up earlier than, together with throughout his public feud with the Muslim household of a fallen soldier after the 2016 Democratic Nationwide Conference.
Through the Vietnam Conflict, Trump received 4 draft deferments for being a university scholar that allowed him to keep away from obligatory army service.
After that, he acquired a fifth deferment for bone spurs in his heels. He referred to as the situation “momentary” and “minor” in an interview final yr with the New York Occasions.
“I had a physician that gave me a letter — a really robust letter on the heels,” he stated.
In a 2015 press convention, Trump forgot which heel had been recognized, earlier than his marketing campaign clarified that it was each of them.
Blumenthal, for his half, claimed the president’s “bullying” on Twitter was not attending to him.
“This difficulty is not about me,” he tweeted. “It is concerning the Particular Counsel’s independence and integrity,” referring to the investigation led by Robert S. Mueller III into whether or not the Trump marketing campaign cooperated with Russian interference within the 2016 marketing campaign.
Trump acquired within the final jab, or the final tweet anyway.
“I feel Senator Blumenthal ought to take a pleasant lengthy trip in Vietnam, the place he lied about his service, so he can at the very least say he was there,” he wrote later.