"'Stolen Valor' is a term applied to the phenomenon of people falsely claiming military awards or badges they did not earn, service they did not perform, Prisoner of War experiences that never happened, and other tales of military derring-do that exist only in their minds."-- Stars and Stripes
Sen. Richard Blumenthal is pushing back against what he calls "slurs" from President Donald Trump. He said he will not be thrown off from talking about legislation designed to insulate Special Counsel Robert Mueller by these "slurs" being hurled at him on Twitter by POTUS.
Any American with a pulse, a TV or a computer is probably aware that Mueller is overseeing the investigation of Russia's possible meddling in the 2016 presidential election, as well as an expanding web of related activity that may turn out to be criminal.
"There is an ongoing special counsel investigation. It is real. It is based on facts. That is the important issue. That's what really matters [not his lies about serving in Vietnam]. Our national security and the rule of law are at stake. I am not going to be distracted or bullied by these slurs."
It's only a slur if it isn't true, senator.
Trump referred to Blumenthal as a "phony Vietnam con artist!"
Even MSNBC had a problem with Blumenthal as you can see in the video.
"Never in U.S. history has anyone lied or defrauded voters like Senator Richard Blumenthal."Then he tweeted:
"He told stories about his Vietnam battles and conquests, how brave he was, and it was all a lie. He cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness like a child. Now he judges collusion?"I don't know when Blumenthal actually told those stories that Trump describes in his tweet. I also don't know whether or not he cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness. I find that difficult to imagine and chalk it up to Trump hyperbole.
What I do know is that Trump's staunch supporters will believe every word of his tweets.
Blumenthal responded to Trump during a Monday routine news conference at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Connecticut. The focus was on his support for legislation that was introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R- S.C.) that would allow for a three judge panel to review any attempt by either the attorney general of the acting AG to fire Mueller.
The problem with this, beside the fact that Lindsey Graham is not a true conservative and has opposed Trump since day one, is that slowly and steadily, the judiciary is becoming increasingly more powerful and is taking away what was supposed to be our checks and balances.
The immigration restrictions by the Trump administration have been successfully challenged in district courts in spite of Trump's constitutional right to have made that call.
Now Graham would be okay taking the right of the Attorney General to intervene on an investigation in which they have the right to oversee.
I'm not advocating for Mueller to be fired. In fact, I don't believe it's a good idea for the administration to do that in light of how the left will go to town on the firing. I'm merely advocating for the right of the government to follow Constitutional laws and procedures and not hand over more power to the courts.
Finally, in the eyes of actual Vietnam veterans like myself, Blumenthal's attempt at stolen valor is disgusting and reprehensible.
Trump may not have been in the military, but he doesn't lie about it. And he also shows tremendous respect for the military, unlike Obama and perhaps even Blumenthal who has served, but lied about how he served.