Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent out an apology on Friday after news broke that he attended an event connected to the Communist Party USA, according to The Blaze.
According to the network, the event, which was its annual Amistad Awards, was hosted by The Connecticut People’s World Committee on Saturday, Dec. 11. The Connecticut Senator not only attended, but he honored the award winners with “certificates of special recognition” from the United States Senate according to the Yankee Institute.
However, there began to be questioned about Blumenthal’s association when it became more widely known that The Connecticut People’s World Committee is directly associated with the Communist Party USA and that the event was hosted in honor of the Communist Party USA’s 102nd birthday.
After criticism spread, Blumenthal is claiming that he didn’t know about the association with the Communist Party USA, saying he wouldn’t have attended if he’d know about the event’s hosts:
In an interview with the Hartford Courant, Blumenthal said, “My understanding was that this ceremony was strictly a labor event. 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.”
The Connecticut Yankee caught in the communist’s court went on to say that he’s very busy and sometimes details get away from him when preparing for events:
“I go to a lot of events, places, meetings, rallies, and ceremonies in Connecticut. I’m delighted to be invited anywhere, and in this instance, I was invited by local labor unions to honor these three individuals, and that’s why I was there. That’s pretty much it,” Blumenthal said.
However, critics suggest that’s not really the case, considering that the person who introduced Blumenthal noted “how important the Communist Party is,” during their public comments for the event:
Some highlights of Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal and his introducer at the Connecticut People’s World Committee, an affiliate of Communist Party USA. pic.twitter.com/w5CvV7tGzy
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) December 15, 2021
Event emcee Ben McManus also highlighted the connection to the Communist Party USA, the Yankee Institute noted.
“We invite you to join the Communist Party in this epic time as we make good trouble to uproot systemic racism, retool the war economy, tax the rich, address climate change, secure voting rights and create a new socialist system that puts people, peace and planet before profits,” McManus reportedly said at the event.