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Trump Goes After Blumenthal in Tweet

February 9, 2017 By Staff
Trump Goes After Blumenthal in Tweet

The president attacked Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in a Thursday morning tweet, bringing up Blumenthal's Vietnam service controversy.

On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump attacked Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in a tweet, after Blumenthal revealed Trump’s Supreme Court nominee was critical of Trump’s attacks on a judge.

The tweet:

Trump is right about one thing in this tweet, and wrong about the other.

He is right about Blumenthal and Vietnam. A report from Blumenthal’s 2010 campaign:

Blumenthal, his party’s presumptive nominee in the contest to succeed retiring Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D), held a news conference in West Hartford to respond to the New York Times report Monday night that he has lied about serving in Vietnam.

“On a few occasions I have misspoken about my service, and I regret that and I take full responsibility,” Blumenthal said, flanked by veterans. “But I will not allow anyone to take a few misplaced words and impugn my record of service to our country.”

The revelation was a major scandal at the time in Blumenthal’s campaign.

He is wrong that Blumenthal misrepresented what Gorsuch said, at least according to Gorsuch’s spokesman:

Ron Bonjean, who is leading communications for Gorsuch during the confirmation process, confirmed Gorsuch called Trump’s tweet about the “so-called judge” “disheartening” and “demoralizing” in his conversation with Blumenthal.

President Trump has used his Twitter bully pulpit to go after a number of elected officials. Blumenthal is the first Connecticut official to draw Trump’s ire since he was elected president.

UPDATE: Trump also went after CNN for not asking Blumenthal about the Vietnam controversy: