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 DuckworthTrump’s new Syria timetable raises concern among key anti-ISIS allies Bipartisan senators press Trump for strategy to protect Syrian Kurds Haaland displays trans flag outside office after Supreme Court decision on transgender military ban MORE (D-Ill.) on Thursday unloaded on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE for saying House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears ‘Fox & Friends’ host asks if McCabe opening FBI probe into Trump was attempt to ‘overthrow government’ Nunes says GOP lawmakers looking through Russia transcripts, will make DOJ referrals 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.