Kerry Phones Swift Boat Foes

Matt Drudge has a flashing blue siren, large font, **World Exclusive**

Dem presidential hopeful John Kerry personally phoned anti-Kerry swift boat vets, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. Kerry reached out to Robert “Friar Tuck” Brant Cdr., USN (RET) Sunday night, just hours after former Sen. Bob Dole publicly challenged Kerry to apologize to veterans. Brant was skipper of the #96 and # 36 boat and spent time with Kerry in An Thoi. Kerry and Brant slept in the same quarters, and Brant used to put Kerry back to bed at night when Kerry was sleepwalking.

This is the first I’ve heard of the sleepwalking. That’s not a good thing to do in a combat zone.

Brant received a call from Kerry at his home in Virginia while he was watching the Olympics on TV. The call lasted 10 minutes, sources tell DRUDGE.

KERRY: “Why are all these swift boat guys opposed to me?”

BRANT: “You should know what you said when you came back, the impact it had on the young sailors and how it was disrespectful of our guys that were killed over there.”

[Brant had two men killed in battle.]

KERRY: “When we dedicated swift boat one in ’92, I said to all the swift guys that I wasn’t talking about the swifties, I was talking about all the rest of the veterans.”

Kerry then asked if he could meet Brant [“You were one of the best”] — man to man — face to face. Brant declined the invite, explaining that Kerry was obviously not prepared to correct the record on exactly what happened during Vietnam and what happened when Kerry came back.


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  1. Dodd says:

    Sleepwalking will get you an automatic medical discharge from the Navy [if they determine that the problem’s real (the vast majority of such cases are faked)]. Several comments regarding Kerry come to mind, but I think I’ll keep them to myself.

  2. Scott Dillard says:

    Drudge is posting this same story about the pohone calls and is calling it a world exclusive. Perhaps there should be some credit here?

  3. Dodd says:

    An odd comment, Mr. Dillard, as Mr. Joyner was creditting Drudge with this item in his post’s first line when I first read it and left the comment above (45 mins before yours)….

  4. Scott Dillard says:

    Sorry, my mistake.