The Blumenthal Scandal

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 20, 2010

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Read this, and then try to maintain with a straight face that Richard Blumenthal was not trying to convince people that he was in Vietnam.

I mean, I suppose it is possible that the following passage . . .

“I wore the uniform in Vietnam and many came back & [sic] to all kinds of disrespect. Whatever we think of war, we owe the men and women of the armed forces our unconditional support.”

. . . was meant to suggest that (a) Blumenthal wore the uniform; and unrelatedly, (b) many came back to all kinds of disrespect. But were listeners really supposed to make those kinds of distinctions? And how is this passage supposed to have been interpreted?

During a May 18, 2009, military board tribute to veterans in Shelton, Blumenthal was quoted by the Connecticut Post as saying, “When we returned from Vietnam, I remember the taunts, the verbal and even physical abuse we encountered.”

These weren’t innocent misstatements. Rather, these were deliberate efforts to mislead. Candidate who engage in this kind of dishonesty ought to pay a price for lying to the public. It’s just that simple.

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