Last night, President Trump made a tweet attacking Senator Richard Blumenthal. The tweet read: “How does Da Nang Dick (Blumenthal) serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee when he defrauded the American people about his so called War Hero status in Vietnam, only to later admit, with tears pouring down his face, that he was never in Vietnam. An embarrassment to our Country!”
Trump has had a tendency to create childish nicknames for certain people who he just doesn’t take a liking to. Calling Blumenthal “Da Nang Dick” is just the latest rendition of Trump’s arguably un-presidential tweets.
Trump has attacked Blumenthal in the past as well, claiming that Blumenthal “defrauded the American people about his so called War Hero status in Vietnam”. While it is true that Blumenthal has misspoken about his military service in the past, he never claimed to have been a war hero of any sorts, like Trump mentioned.
Blumenthal served in the U.S. military during Vietnam but did not actually serve in Vietnam. What Trump is referring to is the fact that Blumenthal has spoken in the past as if he actually served in Vietnam war. At the same time, however, Blumenthal has also clarified, both before and after his past incorrect comments, that he did not actually serve in Vietnam, but simply served during the period of Vietnam.
While the tweet by Trump at first seemed to come out of nowhere, it now appears as though it was a response to comments made by Richard Blumenthal on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow just minutes prior.
Sen. Blumenthal: "…behind closed doors, there arose in my mind, very clearly, questions, serious issues, concerning their truthfulness. And that issue pertained particularly to Donald Trump Jr. in a number of his contentions before our committee…" pic.twitter.com/mX9UZdgib5
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) January 29, 2019
Blumenthal seemed to implicate the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr. in potential crimes.
“Behind closed doors, there arose in my mind, very clearly, questions, serious issues, concerning their truthfulness,” Blumenthal told Maddow. “And that issue pertained particularly to Donald Trump Jr. in a number of his contentions before our committee, so I think this common thread of lying to Congress, and particularly to Congressional committees, may ensnare a number of other potential targets in this special counsel’s investigation and become a matter of criminal action.”
Of course if Donald Trump Jr. did in fact lie to Congress, like Blumenthal seems to imply, this would equate to a federal crime. Apparently Donald Trump did not like these statements by the Connecticut Senator.