Richard Blumenthal

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Richard Blumenthal
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Senior U.S. Senator from Connecticut
From: January 5, 2011 - Present
Predecessor Christopher Dodd
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Former Attorney General of Connecticut
From: January 9, 1991 – January 5, 2011
Predecessor Clarine Riddle
Successor George Jepsen
Former State Senator from Connecticut's 27th District
From: January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1991
Predecessor Anthony Truglia
Successor George Jepsen
Former State Representative from Connecticut's 145th District
From: January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1987
Predecessor Anthony Truglia
Successor Nicholas Pavia
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Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Cynthia Allison Malkin
Religion Jewish

Richard “Da Nang Dick[1] Blumenthal (born February 13, 1946, in Brooklyn, New York) currently serves as the senior Democratic United States Senator from Connecticut, having defeated World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon in the race to replace retiring Chris Dodd. He was the lone freshman Democratic Senator in the 112th Congress. Previously Blumenthal served as the Attorney General of Connecticut for twenty years, and prior to that he was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives and State Senate.

Attorney General of Connecticut

In 2007, the libertarian-leaning Competitive Enterprise Institute ranked Blumenthal "the nation's worst state attorney general" and "a tireless crusader for growing the power of his own office and spreading largesse to his cronies."[2] During the nationally televised Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Blumenthal demeaned an innocent classmate of Kavanaugh by name, and impugned her as a sexually promiscuous teenager 36 years later to attack Judge Kavanaugh.[3]

U.S. Senate

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Abdelhakim Belhadj, Sen. John McCain, and Sen. Lindsey Graham. Belhadj, a veteran jihadi, was kidnapped by the CIA in 2004 and "rendered" to Libya where he spent 7 years in prison being "rehabilitated." He was released in March 2010 to reactivate the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, of which Ansar al Shariah was part. In August 2011 he was appointed commander of the Tripoli Military Council by the TNC, and in 2015 head of the Mujahideen Shura Council in Derna. Groups under Belhadj's command committed the Benghazi massacre in 2012 and the decapitation of twenty-two Christians in 2015.

Blumenthal, Ed Markey, and Jeanne Shaheen have accepted foreign campaign contributions from Burisma oil and gas and voted to give money Ukraine.[4]

According to National Journal, Blumenthal is one of the two most liberal Senators.[5]

Lying about Vietnam War "service"

Blumenthal is well known for lying over the course of many years that he fought in the Vietnam War, having received no less than five deferments.[6] Blumenthal is known for lecturing others on the importance of telling the truth despite shamelessly doing the opposite.[7] The senator was called out by Donald Trump in an October 2018 rally by the nickname “Da Nang Dick”,[1] with Da Nang being a province in Vietnam and “Dick” being a nickname for “Richard”. Even the liberal “fact-checking” websites Snopes and PolitiFact admitted that President Trump's assertions were “mostly true”.[8][9]

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