One thing the public had better learn (and learn it soon) about President Donald J. Trump.  If you cross him, he will humiliate you. He won’t wait until he speaks to you alone, he won’t wait until you happen to be standing next to him in a bathroom stall. He will skin you in public, preferably on national television.

Democratic Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal lied about serving in Vietnam.  His challenger, at the time was Republican Linda McMahon. He even created ads telling Connecticut voters that he was the better candidate.

“We have learned something very important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” declared Blumenthal in 2008, “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.”

Richard Blumenthal was in the Marine Reserves and never served in Vietnam. 

He received five deferments to avoid going to war between 1965 and 1970, then volunteered and went into boot camp, and then the reserves in 1970.

 

And by the way, as The New York Times reported, his number in the December 1969 draft lottery, according to the Selective Service, was 152.  People with numbers as high as 195 in that lottery were eligible to be drafted.  Blumenthal said that he did not remember the number he got in the draft lottery but that it was probably high enough to keep him out of the draft.

Richard Blumenthal’s service would have been sufficiently honorable, and occasioned no comment, had he not chosen to exaggerate and distort it — not once, but repeatedly.

That serious lie about a nonexistent military service record is the reason he should not be believed today. He learned how to milk the system and he does it very well.