When Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) vocally supported the ongoing Russian probe from last year's campaign on CNN, it pushed Trump's buttons.
“Politicizing the Department of Justice for personal ends, I think, is a disservice to the law, and it’s also potentially a violation of the spirit of the First Amendment," said Blumenthal, regarding his concern for the Department's recent trend of dismissing administration staff who carry potentially ruinous information on Trump.
In typical knee-jerk fashion, the President took to Twitter to scorch the Senator.
Interesting to watch Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut talking about hoax Russian collusion when he was a phony Vietnam con artist!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2017
Never in U.S.history has anyone lied or defrauded voters like Senator Richard Blumenthal. He told stories about his Vietnam battles and....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2017
...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?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2017
Trump was referring to the 2010 controversy in which Blumenthal claimed, during his Senate campaign, that he served in Vietnam, when in fact, he fulfilled his Marine service in the United States.
After his statement landed him in hot water, Blumenthal later clarified that he meant to say he served in the Marine Reserve during the Vietnam war.
Although his past impropriety was summoned against him by the President, it didn't stop the Senator from speaking out in response.
Mr. President: Your bullying hasn't worked before and it won't work now. No one is above the law.— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) August 7, 2017
You are the idiot who claimed that your Sex Life & STDs were your Vietnam.— Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) August 7, 2017
How dare you criticize anyone else you COWARD!!
Keep Criticizing members of Congress. It will only make Impeachment that much EASIER!!— Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) August 7, 2017
You fought to kick Vietnam Veteran street vendors off of 5th Avenue because you felt that Veterans made the street less "classy."— Vets Against Trump (@Vets_Vs_Trump) August 7, 2017
This issue isn't about me - it's about the Special Counsel's independence and integrity.— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) August 7, 2017
Thank you for standing up, can't believe that OLD attack, he is still playing a game, we need a PRESIDENT.— Roberlie Nelson (@R0BERLIE) August 7, 2017
NBC News reported that while Blumenthal did misspeak on his involvement during Vietnam, there was no evidence to support he actually bragged about his service, as was claimed by Trump about "battles" or "conquests."
Still, Trump couldn't stop his rant and further tweeted:
I think Senator Blumenthal should take a nice long vacation in Vietnam, where he lied about his service, so he can at least say he was there— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2017