President Trump took to Twitter this morning to criticize Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for supposedly lying about his Vietnam military service.
Trump appears to have been angered by an interview Blumenthal gave on CNN saying that after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, "We have now is really looming constitutional crisis that is deadly serious."
Watching Senator Richard Blumenthal speak of Comey is a joke. "Richie" devised one of the greatest military frauds in U.S. history. For....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017
Trump began the tweet by giving Sen. Blumenthal a new nickname.
years, as a pol in Connecticut, Blumenthal would talk of his great bravery and conquests in Vietnam - except he was never there. When....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017
He then went on to criticize Blumenthal over Vietnam.
caught, he cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness...and now he is judge & jury. He should be the one who is investigated for his acts.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017
He finished up by saying that Blumenthal's service should be under investigation.
Here's the interview that appears to have rubbed Trump the wrong way.
Blumenthal did indeed seemingly lie about his service in Vietnam.
In 2008, Blumenthal was speaking at a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas.
“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam. And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it Afghanistan or Iraq we owe our military men and women unconditional support," said Blumenthal.
However, records indicate that Blumenthal obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970. He also took repeated steps to ensure he would not be going to war.
During that time, Blumenthal instead finished his studies at Harvard, began his graduate studies in England, worked as an assistant to legendary Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, and got a job working in the Nixon White House.
The irony of Trump criticizing someone's Vietnam service hasn't been lost on many.
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