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Senate Dem: Trump's 'fake, hyperbolic rantings' an insult to real Medal of Honor recipients

Senate Dem: Trump's 'fake, hyperbolic rantings' an insult to real Medal of Honor recipients
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Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthOvernight Defense: Trump orders troop drawdown in Afghanistan and Iraq | Key Republicans call Trump plan a 'mistake' Top Democrat calls Trump's Afghan drawdown 'the right policy decision' as others warn of 'mistake' Overnight Defense: Another Defense official resigns | Pentagon chief says military 'remains strong' despite purge | Top contender for Biden DOD secretary would be historic pick MORE (D-Ill.) on Thursday unloaded on President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE for saying House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesOvernight Defense: Trump loyalist to lead Pentagon transition | Democrats ask VA for vaccine distribution plan | Biden to get classified intel reports Ex-Nunes aide linked to Biden conspiracy theories will lead Pentagon transition Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight MORE (R-Calif.) should "get the Medal of Honor." 

Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, called the president's remark insulting to "real Medal of Honor recipients." 

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"I don’t care who you are," she tweeted in response to a Hill article about Trump's comment. "Never insult real Medal of Honor recipients with your fake hyperbolic rantings." 

In another tweet, she pointed to Michael J. Novosel, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for conducting a medical evacuation while under fire during the Vietnam War.

"This is Mike Novosel, a real [Metal of Honor] recipient who I was honored to call my friend," Duckworth wrote. "He lies at rest in ARLINGTON’s sacred grounds. His headstone reads simply 'A good Soldier.'"

Trump earlier Thursday suggested Nunes get the nation's highest military honors for taking on the Justice Department over the Russia investigation into possible ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

"Maybe we'll call it the Medal of Freedom because we actually give them, the high awards for civilians," he said, referring to the highest civilian honor. 

Nunes has been an outspoken critic of the Russia investigation since the beginning, supporting the president's claims that the FBI is biased against him.