Even when on vacation, Donald Trump is up to the same old Twitter shenanigans. This time the person who he is attacking is Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. This all started when Blumenthal made an appearance on the CNN television show, “New Day,” on the topic of Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible interference from Russia in the 2016 election. Blumenthal had some harsh criticism, insisting that there was no way to belittle what the Russians have done. He then continued to say, “It was purposeful and relentless, and it involved propaganda and hacking into our voting machines or at least an attempt to do it and potential collusion by the Trump campaign and then obstruction of justice. That investigation must be pursued.”
Unsurprisingly, the President felt that this warranted a response. Donald Trump went on yet another rant on Twitter. In his first tweet he said, “Interesting to watch Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut talking about hoax Russian collusion when he was a phony Vietnam con artist!” He continued in his next two tweets by saying that no U.S. politician has lied to voters like Senator Blumenthal. Soliciting votes by using fake Vietnam war stories, claiming to be brave while all he did was cry, “like a baby and begged for forgiveness like a child.” In his fourth tweet, Trump said, “I think Senator Blumenthal should take a nice long vacation in Vietnam, where he lied about his service, so he can at least say he was there.”
Blumenthal did indeed lie about his Vietnam service. He has claimed publicly that he fought in Vietnam. However, records indicate that Sen. Blumenthal received several military deferments and eventually served in the Marine Reserve but he never went to war.
Though President Trump is correct about Sen. Blumenthal not serving in the Vietnam war, he still has no right no criticize. Donald Trump fired F.B.I. Director James Comey, had his son, son-in-law and campaign manager all meet with a Russian lawyer with connections to the Kremlin. In addition, the President allegedly revealed classified information regarding ISIS threats with Russian officials. This is just some of the examples of why many believe there was collusion between the Russians and the Trump administration.
The President is quick to talk about others but what Sen. Blumenthal is saying correct. Russia’s alleged involvement should not be taken lightly and there is nothing wrong with the Sen. discussing it because the American people have a right to know what is going on with this investigation. This is a serious threat to our national security and should not be taken lightly.
In June, a letter from Don Beyer and more than 50 other House Democrats was sent to White House Counsel Don McGahn. The letter demanded that the White House revoke the security clearance of Jared Kushner. The letter stated that Kushner’s behavior was, “incompetent if not criminal” and that Kushner could not be trusted. Just one example of why this Russia collusion is a serious issue. Trump can try to criticize Sen. Blumenthal’s credibility, but it pales in comparison to the Trump administration’s.