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Trump Goes After Blumenthal Again, on Vietnam

August 17, 2018 By Staff
Trump Goes After Blumenthal Again, on Vietnam

What the president gets right, and what he gets wrong, about the senator's misleading claims regarding his military service.

This week, the president of the United States once again fired a Twitter shot at Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) over Blumenthal’s past, misleading talk about serving in Vietnam.

Here’s what Trump gets right in his tweet:

  • Blumenthal spent several years suggesting to crowds in Connecticut that he “served in Vietnam,” even though he never served in Vietnam; Blumenthal obtained five deferments, according to The New York Times
  • Blumenthal said he “served in the Marines in Vietnam,” again according to the Times

And here’s what the president gets wrong in his tweet:

  • It’s unclear if Blumenthal made the claims for 20 years; he certainly made the claims for several years leading up to the disclosure that he lied or misled Connecticut voters about his service
  • Blumenthal did not “sobbingly” admit he lied; NBC News noted last year, when Trump made similar claims, that a Blumenthal spokesman said the senator never “cried when the scandal erupted”

It’s unclear why Trump put “Senator” in quotes, as Blumenthal is a duly-elected U.S. senator from Connecticut.

It’s not the first time the president has gone after Blumenthal for his Vietnam controversy: Trump did so over several tweets around this time last year, urging Blumenthal to “take a nice long vacation in Vietnam.”