Think the fact that Donald Trump was out of town on vacation meant a vacations for everyone from his Twitter tirades? Think again. The Commander-in-Chief apparently is not taking a vacation from his smartphone or Twitter.
On Monday morning, Trump, hit Senator Richard Blumenthal with a hypocritical tirade of tweets. The Democratic Senator from Connecticut has been a regular target of the president, but this time, he was off the wall. Hours after his initial tirade, he bashed Blumenthal again on Twitter.
Why was it hypocritical? Donald Trump called Blumenthal a “phony Vietnam con artist” as well as a liar, while Trump himself dodged service during the Vietnam War, according to the New York Daily News.
In one of his tweets, Trump said that it was interesting watching Blumenthal talking about the Russian collusion (which he referred to as a hoax) when he was a phony, a con artist who lied about his Vietnam service. He said that in the history of the United states, never has anyone defrauded or lied to voters like the Connecticut senator. When he talked about Vietnam, Trump said his conquests and bravery were all fabrications and he cried, begging for forgiveness like a baby. Now, he is judging on potential collusion in the Trump administration tied with Russia. That was across a tirade of three tweets. But even on vacation at one of his many golf courses, the President could not let things go.
Late in the afternoon he suggested that Blumenthal should vacation in Vietnam. Then he could at least say truthfully that he had been there.
What set Trump off? Apparently Blumenthal’s appearance on CNN. The senator was indicating that Trump is attempting to crack down on press leaks using the U.S. Justice Department, which Blumenthal thinks will be politicized by this. The senator said that he believed this will chill whistleblowers and the press and end reporting that may be on information that is unwelcome or embarrassing to the White House. Which, it likely will not stop the press, but it could have some sort of effect on whistleblowers.
Following the President’s morning tirade, Blumenthal fought back on the same platform. He tweeted out telling Trump that his bullying had not worked previously and was not going to now. He also stated that no one is above the law.
The Connecticut senator had stated several times that he had fought in Vietnam. In fact, he had several draft deferments, but finally, in 1970, joined the Marine Corps Reserve. He then served six years stateside. His lies were exposed by The New York Times, but Blumenthal apologized in 2010, surrounded by veterans who supported him. Trump, however, plain avoided the possibility of any service, having a doctor issue a medical deferment for bone spurs either in his heel or toes. Before he got a medical deferment, Trump used four student deferments. He also said that he had a high draft number, which is his usual excuse for not serving in the military during the Vietnam war.
Besides ranting against Blumenthal on Monday, Donald Trump also boasted about how his base of support has grown stronger and far bigger than ever, despite his poll numbers hitting historically low levels. It is sad to see a sitting president calling senators names, threatening their jobs or futures in Washington, or support to their states. What is even sadder is the fact that Trump’s wife has taken the platform against ending cyberbullying, and she is married to the biggest, most powerful cyberbully of them all.
Opinion by Cletus Dillwood
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