Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal has called on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to undergo “extreme vetting.” However, if the Connecticut Senator were forced to undergo the same intensive background check, a dark secret from his own past would soon be exposed.
According to The Political Insider, Blumenthal said Appellate Court Judge Neil Gorsuch should have “every aspect of his background” investigated by Democratic committee members before they vote to confirm him to the highest court in the land. “It is important that every aspect of his background be critically and closely scrutinized,” Blumenthal told The Wall Street Journal. However, the Senator’s own past reveals a major lie he told over the course of decades.
As it turns out, Blumenthal’s resumé includes quite a bit of stolen valor. He was once in the Marine Reserves but received five deferments in order to avoid serving in the Vietnam War between 1965 and 1970. This didn’t stop him from claiming he had fought valiantly overseas, though.
Sen.Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie),now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
“We have learned something very important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Blumenthal said at a ceremony honoring veterans during the 2008 campaign season. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.” He went on to repeatedly claim he had served in Vietnam, when this was, in fact, an outright lie.
The truth was eventually revealed by The New York Times in 2010, and Blumenthal was forced to give his version of an apology. “On a few occasions, I have misspoken about my service, and I regret that, and I take full responsibility,” he said. However, this was of little consolation to those who have actually risked their lives in service to the country.
— Edward Neal McKinney (@usafflyer) February 8, 2017
Radical Leftist @SenBlumenthal who lied and created a fake military record to get elected, if very upset Trump called out a Lawless Judge
— ConserValidity (@ConserValidity) February 9, 2017
One doesn’t “misspeak” about serving in the military once, let alone “on a few occasions.” The fabricated story Blumenthal told was not an accident, but rather, a sick ploy to win votes.
Perhaps had the people of Connecticut performed their own thorough background check on this lying Senator, he never would have been elected in the first place. Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.