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 DuckworthDemocrats request briefing on intel behind Trump's embassy threat claim Duckworth slams Collins's comments: 'I left parts of my body in Iraq fighting terrorists' The biggest political upsets of the decade MORE (D-Ill.) on Thursday unloaded on President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE for saying House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesDemocratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers mull Trump's war power, next steps with Iran Soleimani killing deepens distrust between Trump, Democrats 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.