After speaking at a Communist Party event, Senator Richard Blumenthal is denying that he’s a Communist.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said he would have not gone to an event in Connecticut if he had known it was linked to the Communist Party in an interview with the Hartford Courant.
On Dec. 11, Blumenthal spoke at the annual Amistad Awards ceremony hosted by the Connecticut People’s World Committee, which is associated with the Communist Party USA.
“My understanding was that this ceremony was strictly a labor event,” Blumenthal told the outlet Friday. “If I had known the details, I wouldn’t have gone. … Let me just say very emphatically, I’m a Democrat and a strong believer in American capitalism. I have been consistently a Democrat and a strong supporter and believer in American capitalism.”
Blumenthal’s record on capitalism is up there with his Vietnam war service, but let’s skip over that for a moment.
Did the Senate Dem really not know what the event was? Blumenthal expects us to believe that his staff didn’t bother using Google before agreeing to have a senior official address the event. And that he paid no attention to his own introduction.
Throughout the event, including in the introduction of Blumenthal himself just 60 seconds before the senator took the microphone, the two co-hosts repeatedly celebrated their Communist Party affiliation and urged listeners to join the Communist Party.
In introducing Blumenthal, the other host specifically said she was “honoring how important the Communist Party is … not just in Connecticut, but across the whole world.” Precisely one minute after she said those words, Blumenthal took the podium, saying he was “really excited and honored to be with you.”
So Blumenthal would have had to ignore everything about the event, including his own introduction.
But the damning admission here came out of his own mouth.
“I am really excited and honored to be with you today and to share this remarkable occasion,” Blumenthal said.
“You don’t have to agree with anyone or everyone, with any party or any particular union or organization. I’m here to honor the great tradition of activism and standing up for individual workers that is represented by the three honorees here,” he added.
That’s an odd statement to make. Let’s, as lefties like to say, unpack it.
Dems don’t usually show up to events to disavow the organization unless it’s really bad. No one addressing an SEIU event with a disclaimer like that. Furthermore, Blumenthal mentions “any party”.
In the United States there’s usually a two-party system. Was Blumenthal providing a disclaimer that people don’t have to agree with the Dems or even more implausibly, the Republicans? Or the party actually there, the Communist Party?
The disclaimer is damning because it’s so unusual. It indicates that Blumenthal knew that he was addressing a controversial group, it raises serious doubts about his denial that he didn’t know where he was.