U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday once again lashed out on his critics, attacking both Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) in an early morning Twitter rant for highlighting concerns about his assault on the judiciary as well as the recent botched raid in Yemen.
Trump alleged that Blumenthal had “misrepresent[ed]” comments made by Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, who had told the senator that he found the president’s personal attacks against federal judges “disheartening” and “demoralizing.” Though Gorsuch made the remarks “behind closed doors,” they were confirmed by his spokesperson after Blumenthal shared them with the press late Wednesday.
But that did not stop the president from going after Blumenthal (and squeezing in a swipe at the media), bringing up the senator’s previous distortion of his Vietnam-era military record—despite the fact that Trump himself never served in the U.S. military.
For his part, Blumenthal encouraged Gorsuch to go public with his concerns.
“Behind closed doors, Judge Gorsuch expressed disappointment with President Trump’s attacks on the judiciary, but a Supreme Court Justice must prove that he has the courage and independence to stand up to a president in public,” Blumenthal said on CNN‘s “New Day” on Thursday. “I asked Judge Gorsuch to make that statement publicly, and he declined.”
As CNN’s Jeremy Diamond observed,
“We’re careening, literally, toward a constitutional crisis,” Blumenthal continued. “And he’s been nominated by a president who has repeatedly and relentlessly attacked the American judiciary on three separate occasions, their credibility and trust is in question.”
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