This wouldn’t be the first time President Trump used the Vietnam War to criticize a political opponent. On Monday morning, Trump tweeted about Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-N.Y.) after Blumenthal appeared on CNN’s “New Day” to speak about various political topics.
Trump called Blumenthal a “phony Vietnam con artist” and a liar after the senator spoke about collusion between the administration and the Russian government:
Blumenthal called Trump a bully in his response:
According to the New York Post, the president is not the first to question the extent of Blumenthal’s service during the Vietnam War.
Though the senator initially said that he served in the conflict, it was soon discovered that he received several deferments. Blumenthal’s story was later clarified, showing that he actually served in the Marine Corps Reserve in the 1970s, around the same time of the war.
While reactions to Trump’s words against Blumenthal appear to be less fervent than the reactions to Trump’s criticism of Sen. John McCain’s prisoner of war status, many are still quick to point out that Trump himself avoided the draft with five deferments, including one after his doctor determined he had (treatable) heel spurs.