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 DuckworthDuckworth celebrates Veterans Day with deported veterans in Mexico Senate Democrat introduces bill to protect military families from deportation Nuclear command nominee sidesteps questions on arms control treaties MORE (D-Ill.) on Thursday unloaded on President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE for saying House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesHill, Holmes offer damaging impeachment testimony: Five takeaways Putin: 'Thank God' election interference accusations have stopped amid US 'political battles' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Witness dismisses 'fictional' GOP claims of Ukraine meddling 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.