When Sarah Palin or Donald Trump are asked a direct question that brings light on something uncomfortable for them, there is a common response…change the Subject! For example when Palin was confronted with her statements blaming Obama for Track’s domestic violence, Palin simply changed the subject.
Trump has done the same thing. He uses Twitter to change the subject. By using Twitter, a reporter can’t even ask a question to bring into focus the fact that the conversation has just changed. Trump has repeatedly changed the conversation through a Twitter post.
Now Sarah Palin joins Trump in trying to change the subject. Palin posted on “sarahpalin.com” an article titled: “President Trump Tweets About Senator Blumenthal’s Vietnam Scandal.” To put this remark in context, the Vietnam War ended over 40 years ago!
Senator Blulmenthal appeared on CNN for an interview. The focus of the interview was investigation by the press regarding leaks to the press and the Russia investigation. NOTHING was mentioned about Vietnam or even war. Senator Blumenthal was directly commenting on the Department of Justice. He is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Blumenthal focused on governmental officials who leak information and advocated that they be prosecuted. However the observation of Blumenthal is that the new subpoena process of the Department of Justice is “weaponizing” these laws for the White House which could have a chilling effect on the press. Blumenthal explained the difference between the leak of classified information, as compared to revelations of information that is simply embarrassing.
Palin then referenced Trump’s Tweets changing the subject to an attack on Senator Blumenthal.
Trump tweeted: “interesting to watch Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut talking about hoax Russian collusion when he was a phony Vietnam con artist!”
“Never in U.S.history has anyone lied or defrauded voters like Senator Richard Blumenthal. He told stories about his Vietnam battles and….…conquests, how brave he was, and it was all a lie. He cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness like a child. Now he judges collusion…”
However the interview had nothing to do with Blumenthal’s history avoiding the draft. In fact Trump’s history with avoiding the Vietnam War is similar to Blumenthal’s.
The senator obtained at least five military deferments to avoid going to war between 1965 and 1970, according to The New York Times. Trump also deferred the draft five times ― four times for education and once after he was diagnosed as having bone spurs in his heels.
Blumenthal was eventually placed in the Marine Reserve, where he served for six years in the U.S. Despite never going overseas, he made claims to the contrary, talking on multiple occasions about serving during Vietnam and making references to the time “when we returned” from the war. “We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Blumenthal said to a group in 2008, according to The New York Times.
The headline Palin used referred to a Vietnam Scandal was:
“President Trump Tweets About Senator Blumenthal’s Vietnam Scandal”.
The point is that Trump’s way of dealing with criticism is to attack the person making the critical remark rather than what was being addressed. For example instead of responding to Megyn Kelly’s question, he attacked her personally.
Palin and Trump have a lot in common.