President Trump unleashed a barrage of insults against Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) this morning. It’s not the first time he’s attacked him, but it may be the most vicious.

Trump was responding to comments Blumenthal made recently about Russian collusion:

“On CNN Monday, Blumenthal said he’s worried that the Justice Department’s Friday announcement that it is reviewing subpoena policies for reporters as a bad sign. Blumenthal said U.S. officials who leak information should be prosecuted, but said the government shouldn’t go after reporters.

“‘I’m very concerned that the Department of Justice is weaponizing these laws for its personal and political ends, and specifically for the White House’s purposes,’ he said.

“‘That’s a chilling effect on the press and on whistleblowers, and on information that doesn’t involve classified data or disclosures, but in fact maybe just embarrassing or unwelcome,’ he added.”

So Trump fired off a broadside in his direction:

Even the NY times has called out Blumenthal for lying about serving in Vietnam:

“At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.

“’We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,’ Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 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.”

“There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.”

And it was a lie he used over and over again. It became part of his persona when he entered public life and he was often credited as a Vietnam veteran:

“The New Haven Register on July 20, 2006, described him as ‘a veteran of the Vietnam War,’ and on April 6, 2007, said that the attorney general had “served in the Marines in Vietnam.” On May 26, 2009, The Connecticut Post, a Bridgeport newspaper that is the state’s third-largest daily, described Mr. Blumenthal as “a Vietnam veteran.” The Shelton Weekly reported on May 23, 2008, that Mr. Blumenthal “was met with applause when he spoke about his experience as a Marine sergeant in Vietnam.”

“And the idea that he served in Vietnam has become such an accepted part of his public biography that when a national outlet, Slate magazine, produced a profile of Mr. Blumenthal in 2000, it said he had “enlisted in the Marines rather than duck the Vietnam draft.’

“It does not appear that Mr. Blumenthal ever sought to correct those mistakes.”

On the campaign trail he would tell stories about returning from Vietnam and being spat on by protesters. He told a number of other tales that were just plain lies. Yet, Connecticut still elected him to the senate.

But of course, the leftist media is already trying to protect Blumenthal by spinning that he was some sort of hero despite his lies and constant deferments: