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 DuckworthAdvocates push for EpiPens on flights after college student's mid-flight allergic reaction Overnight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker Woman accusing Trump military nominee of sexual assault says she's willing to testify MORE (D-Ill.) on Thursday unloaded on President TrumpDonald John Trump'Racism' top search after Trump rally: Merriam Webster Ocasio-Cortez offers encouragement to those 'scared for our future' after Trump rally Biden's health care gaffe shows he's not ready for prime time MORE for saying House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesHouse passes annual intelligence bill Democrats' opposition research got exposed — this time, not by the Russians GOP consultant sued by Nunes asks for help paying legal costs 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.