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Donald Trump Claimed a Republican Congressman Deserves the Medal of Honor, and an Iraq War Vet Senator Just Made Him Regret It
President Donald Trump thinks Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) - the chair of the House Intelligence Committee - should be awarded the Medal of Honor for his work trying to thwart the Russia investigation.
Trump made his remarks on Thursday during an appearance on Fox & Friends, his favorite cable news show.
"If this turns out as everyone thinks it will," Trump said of the probe, "Devin Nunes should get the Medal of Honor." The award is normally reserved for members of the armed forces who displayed exemplary service.
Later in the broadcast, Trump suggested that Nunes could receive the Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor.
"Maybe we'll call it the Medal of Freedom because we actually give them, the high awards for civilians," Trump said. This, of course, was not Trump's original idea. In August, Fox News host Sean Hannity said Nunes "frankly deserves the Medal of Freedom for really showing, sadly, the biggest abuse of power corruption scandal."
Nunes has never served in the military.
Trump's comments did not go over well with a certain Senator who happens to be an Iraq War veteran.
Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) blasted the president for insulting "real Medal of Honor recipients" with "fake hyperbolic rantings."
I don’t care who you are. Never insult real Medal of Honor recipients with your fake hyperbolic rantings. https://t.co/vu1SVgivfu— Tammy Duckworth (@Tammy Duckworth) 1539267841.0
In a subsequent tweet, Duckworth introduced Trump to "Mike Novosel, a real MOH recipient who I was honored to call my friend."
Novosel was a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve and chief warrant officer in the Army who served during World War II, the Korean War, and in Vietnam. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1971 by President Richard Nixon.
"He lies at rest in ARLINGTON’s sacred grounds," Duckworth wrote. "His headstone reads simply “A good Soldier.”"
This is Mike Novosel, a real MOH recipient who I was honored to call my friend. He lies at rest in ARLINGTON’s sacr… https://t.co/2tZMj0GsnW— Tammy Duckworth (@Tammy Duckworth) 1539267890.0
Exasperated Twitter followers rallied behind Duckworth and her takedown of the president.
@SenDuckworth Thank you for standing up to him and thank you for your service!— TX LIB (@TX LIB) 1539268243.0
@Liberal_TX @SenDuckworth Sen Duckworth is a real patriot 💙— 17DISH (@17DISH) 1539270687.0
@SenDuckworth Thank you for your service ma'am. I've worked with the US forces in Afghanistan in '09 w/ISAF, and i… https://t.co/3koGT4Rdkd— M.I.B - IMPEACH THAT M’Fr 🇺🇸 (@M.I.B - IMPEACH THAT M’Fr 🇺🇸) 1539270730.0
@SenDuckworth @gdlittledorf Thank you, Senator Duckworth! We are so lucky to have you as a Senator to speak truth t… https://t.co/kzR4V5aRlu— headless_snowman⛄️ (@headless_snowman⛄️) 1539269875.0
@SenDuckworth Thank you, Sen. Duckworth for your continued service to our country and for defending the honor and d… https://t.co/LZ3ZG5MrKQ— KatNuss (@KatNuss) 1539275144.0
Duckworth lost both her legs in combat and in April of 2018. Nunes, on the other hand, has been one of Trump's strongest allies in the Russia investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Nunes is viewed by many as having strangled the investigation through requests for top-secret documents relating to the ongoing probe, as well as ending the House Intelligence Committee's own investigation without having interviewed key witnesses.
Social media scoffed at Trump's idea, and rightly so.
@JonLemire https://t.co/kQIrCIbJWo— Carrie (@Carrie) 1539260706.0
@JonLemire @jdawsey1 https://t.co/EkhA9313sr— Plotkarazzo (@Plotkarazzo) 1539260825.0
@JonLemire I wonder how the people who have won the Medal of Honor feel about that. And their families. And all veterans.— Utah Girl Chronicles 🌼🌺🦋💐🖌️☮️🌊 Support Writers (@Utah Girl Chronicles 🌼🌺🦋💐🖌️☮️🌊 Support Writers) 1539261533.0
@JonLemire Right.... Just like Trump will get the Noble Peace prize for his PR show and love-affair with Kim and NK.— Bill Glenn (@Bill Glenn) 1539260666.0
At least we got some good memes out of it.
@JonLemire @PhilipRucker https://t.co/68AbFalUIv— WILLIAM (@WILLIAM) 1539263357.0
@JonLemire @PhilipRucker https://t.co/wiG8Zty2iN— Gatekeeper (@Gatekeeper) 1539263869.0
@JonLemire @PhilipRucker He already has a uniform to pin it on https://t.co/Sk0j4xJwdd— Harry Godwyn (@Harry Godwyn) 1539263546.0
File this under things that will never happen.