Trump Grants Blumenthal New Nickname as He Rehashes Vietnam AttacksOctober 3, 2018
The president, upset over Richard Blumenthal's opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh, took his attacks on Connecticut's senator to a new level on Monday.
President Trump went after Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) again on Monday, for what Trump called Blumenthal’s lies about serving in Vietnam.
“How about Blumenthal? How about Blumenthal?” Trump asked a rally crowd in Johnson City, Tennessee, according to an unofficial transcript of his remarks.
Then, Trump granted Blumenthal a new nickname: “Da Nang Blumenthal.”
“Da Nang Blumenthal, we call him Da Nang Blumenthal,” Trump said. “For 15 years, as the attorney general of Connecticut, he went around telling war stories. People dying left and right, but my platoon marched forward. He was never in Vietnam. It was a lie.”
Da Nang is a large city in Vietnam.
Trump’s hit on Blumenthal occurred about 10 minutes into his rally. It came amid Trump’s gripes about Blumenthal’s opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh:
Several women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct or sexual assault.
As with Trump’s prior attacks on Blumenthal, the president got some details right and some details wrong in his attack. Here’s what the president got right:
- 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.
Here’s what the president got wrong:
- It’s unclear if Blumenthal made the claims for 15 years; he certainly made the claims for several years leading up to the disclosure that he lied or misled Connecticut voters about his service.
- It doesn’t appear Blumenthal “went around telling war stories” about his “platoon,” as Trump alleged.
Two days prior, Trump attacked Blumenthal (again) on Twitter, with similar claims:
Senator Richard Blumenthal must talk about his fraudulent service in Vietnam, where for 12 years he told the people of Connecticut, as their Attorney General, that he was a great Marine War Hero. Talked about his many battles of near death, but was never in Vietnam. Total Phony!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 29, 2018
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) came to his Democratic colleague’s defense:
The intentional, pathological lying here is just stunning. Stuff I wouldn’t let my 6 year old get away with. I refuse to ever let this become normal. So should you. https://t.co/AAzhsExA1e
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) September 29, 2018
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