President Trump likes to taunt his enemies but he seems to have a special place in his Twitter thumb for Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut Democrat who was talking about the Russia investigation on CNN on Monday morning.
Trump has mentioned Blumenthal in at least four other tweets, on two separate dates since February, according to the Trump Twitter Archive.
Each time, Trump has maligned Blumenthal for misrepresenting his military service during the Vietnam War, an ironic line of attack from a president who received five deferments from the draft and never served in uniform.
Trump’s lack of military service is not unique in the White House.
Presidents Clinton and Obama never served in uniform, and President George W. Bush sparked controversy with his service in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam era. He was not deployed abroad.
President Reagan spent most of World War II in California, where he produced training films for the Army Air Forces. President George H.W. Bush, a Navy pilot, was shot down in World War II, and Presidents Ford and Carter both served aboard ships in the Navy.
None of those presidents called out others for their service, however.
Trump called Blumenthal a “phony Vietnam con artist” in one tweet Monday and said he “defrauded voters” in another. In February, he accused Blumenthal of a “major lie” on the subject. In May, he alleged Blumenthal committed “one of the greatest military frauds in U.S. history.”
“Interesting to watch Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut talking about hoax Russian collusion when he was a phony Vietnam con artist!”…
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