Donald Trump is a man determined to try and divert attention away from himself in the ongoing scandal over Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Donald Trump is also a man who is not at all very good at actually accomplishing that task.
On Monday morning, he took to Twitter to try and discredit Connecticut Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal over him having hyped up his military background into something it wasn’t while running for office in 2008. Blumenthal never went to Vietnam, but he talked as though he had. He was in the Marine Reserves for a number of years.
Blumenthal appeared on CNN Monday morning to defend both the integrity of the Russia investigation as a whole and the personal integrity of Special Counsel for the Russia investigation Robert Mueller. The Trump team has tried to discredit Mueller both through questioning his personal allegiances and those of his team and through questioning whether or not he’s overstepped the bounds of his investigative “mandate.”
As an aside, it reveals yet again the president’s deeply rooted addiction to cable news that he made sure to tweet against Blumenthal this morning. His Twitter feed is like a live view of what’s on any number of the major cable news channels.
Trump’s attacks on Blumenthal over his falsely hyped up Vietnam war record have, quite simply, nothing to do with what the Senator told CNN viewers Monday about the Russia investigation. It’s an irrelevant argument that employs the Soviet technique of “whataboutism.” Like a broken record, Trump has tweeted this argument against Blumenthal in the past.
The Connecticut Senator responded to the president’s Twitter attack with some Monday morning tweets of his own, writing:
‘Mr. President: Your bullying hasn’t worked before and it won’t work now. No one is above the law. This issue isn’t about me – it’s about the Special Counsel’s independence and integrity.’
This issue isn’t about me – it’s about the Special Counsel’s independence and integrity.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) August 7, 2017
Trump has a special interest in trying to undercut both the Special Counsel himself and his defenders. Recently, it was revealed that Mueller had impaneled a grand jury — meaning things are getting pretty serious.
No matter how many angry tweets that the president posts, he can’t get out of being held accountable for his actions.
Check out Twitter’s response to Blumenthal below.
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