sen. Blumenthal goes into Damage Control after speaking at the Communist Party Awards

sen.  Blumenthal goes into Damage Control after speaking at the Communist Party Awards

sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) had something to give back after recently speaking at an awards ceremony with direct ties to the United States Community Party.

Playing ignorance, Blumenthal told a Connecticut newspaper Friday that he simply didn’t know who he hadn’t spoken to, saying that if he had known, he wouldn’t have attended.

Blumenthal attended the “Amistad Award” ceremony, an annual event hosted by the Connecticut People’s World Committee, an affiliate of the US Communist Party.

“Had I known the details, I wouldn’t have gone… Let me say very emphatically that I am a Democrat and a strong supporter of American capitalism. I have always been a Democrat and a strong supporter and believer of American capitalism.”

He continued:

“I go to many events, places, meetings, gatherings and ceremonies in Connecticut. I am delighted to be invited everywhere, and in this case I was invited by local unions to honor these three individuals, which is why I was there. It actually is.”

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‘Ignorance’ is bliss

Celebrating the 102nd anniversary of the US Communist Party, Blumenthal said he was “thrilled and honored” to attend and speak at the event.

Blumenthal is reportedly the 5th richest member of the Senate, worth about $82 million.

In his comments, he mentioned agenda items that are apparently interchangeable with Democrats and Communists, saying, “There’s a lot to work for in economic justice, in racial equality, in setting a $15 minimum wage.”

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They call him ‘Da Nang Dick’

Richard Blumenthal may not be a household name. But his most public claim to fame is his infamous lie that he saw combat in Vietnam. The Hartford Courant reported in 2018 that while Blumenthal served in the military, he was in the United States.

In May 2018, the New York Times found out where Blumenthal had lied about his military service about eight times. After the Times story, Blumenthal made a statement that he was “mistaken” about his shift. A week later, he offered the Hartford Courant a written apology.

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Pushback from Republicans

Blumenthal has received copious amounts of pushback from Republicans about his attendance at the Connecticut People’s World Committee event. Connecticut Republican Party chairman Ben Proto has criticized Blumenthal for his performance at the event.

Senate National Republican Committee spokeswoman Lizzie Litzow stated, “This is how far left and radical the current Democratic Party has gone. Democrats are so out of touch with what Americans want and need. The hardworking people of Connecticut deserve better.”

Blumenthal waved off any backlash and said:

“People are going to do what they are going to do. I’ll just keep doing my job for the people of Connecticut. Much is at stake in the Senate right now: voting rights, the ongoing pandemic, making childcare affordable and lowering the prices of prescription drugs. That’s where my focus is.”

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