Smart is smart, and dumb is dumb, and never the twain shall meet

From Newsweek:

Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal has been one of Trump’s sternest critics, and in typical style, the president has responded with attacks of his own.

Reacting to Blumenthal’s allegations of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia, President Trump today unleashed a new tirade against the Connecticut senator.

“Interesting to watch Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut talking about hoax Russian collusion when he was a phony Vietnam con artist!,” tweeted Trump.

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Blumenthal has repeatedly pressed Trump to take action against Russia in response to Moscow’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

“President Trump has to tell Putin, who is an adversary, not an ally, that Russia will pay a price if Russia repeats this kind of meddling in our election,” Blumenthal said earlier in July.

Trump’s latest attacks on Blumenthal seem to stem from the senator’s appearance on CNN this morning, in which he criticized a Justice Department crackdown on leakers and a review of press subpoena procedures.

“That’s a chilling effect on the press and on whistleblowers, and on information that doesn’t involve classified data or disclosures but in fact may be just embarrassing or unwelcome,” he said.

Without a “free press,” the American people would not have known about the Trump campaign and the transition team’s meetings with Russian officials like former Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak, Blumenthal said.

The president has lashed out at Blumenthal on previous occasions, calling out the senator over his war record in February after Blumenthal revealed that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Richard (sic) [Neil] Gorsuch had expressed concern to him over the president’s attacks on the judiciary; and in May, when Blumenthal criticized Trump for sacking FBI Director James Comey.

Trump’s allegations, ironically, stem from a 2010 article in The New York Times, a publication he has repeatedly denounced as “fake news.”

The newspaper reported during Blumenthal’s 2010 Senate bid that he had mischaracterized his military service during the Vietnam war.

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[…] Blumenthal never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records obtained by the Times.

He then joined the Marine Corps Reserve, but did not see service in Vietnam.

Blumenthal, who then was Attorney General of Connecticut, apologized for misrepresenting his military service.

“I have made mistakes and I am sorry,” he said in a statement.

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Critics say the president is in no position to disparage Blumenthal’s military record or attack his public statements on the matter.

According to the military records, the president received five deferments of his own during the Vietnam war: three for medical reasons, and two educational.

Trump told the Times in 2016 that he had been diagnosed when young with heel spurs (caused by a calcium buildup in the heel bone) and given a doctor’s note exempting him from service.

Trump’s longtime personal physician, Dr Harold Bornstein, made no mention of the heel spurs when he gave Trump a clean bill of health when the reality TV star and property developer announced his candidacy. Trump told the Times he had not had an operation for the condition and could not recall when it no longer bothered him.

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Blumenthal hit back at Trump’s tweets, accusing the president of bullying and referring to the ongoing investigaton into the Trump camp’s alleged Russia ties by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“Mr. President: Your bullying hasn’t worked before and it won’t work now. No one is above the law,” he tweeted.

“This issue isn’t about me—it’s about the Special Counsel’s independence and integrity.”

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8 responses to “Smart is smart, and dumb is dumb, and never the twain shall meet

  1. Yes maam. Model T. has not reigned in his tweets as some folks believed that he would when he hired the ex-general. He will try over and over again to get back at his accusers in bully fashion. Lord have mercy the man is childish. He should be worring about the US getting bombed by North Korea but that “little” problem is apparently low on his priority list.

    • He’s an overgrown toddler, and I am getting really sick of people dancing around that fact. He’s like the kid in the Twilight Zone episode whom everyone was afraid of, because he could think people into oblivion. I’d rather be in oblivion than to kiss the ass of this immature narcissistic moron.

  2. the loony tic

    we’re so proud of our senators, richard blumenthal & chris murphy, up here in the nutmeg state. they’re not intimidated by twitler’s childish bullying tactics. they’re also trying to save immigrant families from being ripped apart. their compassion is such a contrast to the brat in the white house.

    • You should be proud, Loony. You have two really good senators. Down here, we have Bill Nelson, who is okay, and Little Marco, whom I hope falls off his high-heeled tiny boots and gets his bottled water spilled all over himself.

  3. King Arthur makes a rather slimmed-down Trump, which I suppose is a relief to the poor horse.

    For a guy who uses insults so much, Trump isn’t very good at them. “a phony Vietnam con artist”? As opposed to what? A genuine Vietnam con artist?

    Evading conscription during Vietnam is one thing I would never fault Trump for. I would certainly have done the same if I had been old enough to be drafted while the war was still going on. But he should know better than to criticize anyone else for doing the same.

    It’s really too bad Mark Twain isn’t still around. His commentary on the whole current mess would have been golden.

    • Infidel, what you don’t see is that the suit of armor has no back, and all the flab is being pushed out that way. The horse is stuffed. It was shot by Uday and Qusa…I mean, Beavis and Butth….I mean, Donnie Jr. and what’s-his face, his brother, and was residing in Barron’s exclusive room on his exclusive floor of his gilded condo in Twitler Tower.

      I don’t blame anyone for avoiding going to Vietnam. However, be honest about it. And don’t start throwing can openers when you live in an aluminum house. At least Blumenthal served in the reserves. More than military school Twitler ever did for his country.

      Oh, to have Mark Twain or Will Rogers around again, or Ann Richards. She would have skewer this sack of crap, and he would never have known what hit him.

      • jeb

        I have no problem with anyone who chose not to serve because they opposed the war. I have a huge problem with those who avoided service and are now donning military paraphernalia and itching to start their own fucking war (as in this and the last R administration).

        And then they denigrate the service of those who opposed the war and went anyway like John Kerry and Max Cleland. I am not one to brandish my veteran status, but I will state that in a case like this, as a veteran and an American, I am deeply offended by this.

        • Eddie, you have every right to be offended. I think a lot of us, even those of us who never served, are offended. There are an awful lot of chickenhawks who have no respect for any human life other than their own. Not one person in Twitler’s family, past and present, has ever served in the military, so he had better check what he is saying before he starts casting aspersions upon those who have.

          On Daily Kos, a commenter posted that Charles Pierce offered this:

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