For the last debate, Donald Trump dug up women from Bill Clinton’s past and put them on parade. This time, he is trying to get under Hillary Clinton’s skin by seating the mother of a Benghazi victim in the front row.
Pat Smith lost her son in the 2012 terrorist attacks on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi. She spoke to Yahoo News on Monday night and said that the GOP nominee had reached out to her earlier in the day. Smith said she has accepted Trump’s invitation and plans to attend the next presidential debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.
I think I’m going to be in the front row. But I’m not sure,” said Smith.
In July, Smith gave an emotion-filled speech at the Republican National Convention and said Clinton is directly responsible for her son’s death.
“I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son,” Smith said on the stage of the RNC. “Personally.”
In her tearful speech, Smith said Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time, lied to the victims’ families when she claimed the attacks were a violent but unplanned response to an anti-Islamic movie rather than a planned attack on the facility. She concluded her speech by insisting that Clinton should be sent to prison for her crimes.
According to Trump campaign advisor and surrogate retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, having Smith attend the debate might finally get Clinton to give a “solid answer” to the families of the victims as to why their loved ones were not rescued by the U.S. government.
“Hillary said ‘What difference does it make’ — the difference was four lives were lost in Benghazi, and the families have still never had a solid answer from Hillary Clinton as to why we allowed this to happen. Hopefully Wednesday these families will get their answer,” Flynn said.
Republicans are obsessed with a remark Clinton made during a congressional hearing. In the middle of the back and forth over whether the attacks were planned or spontaneous, Clinton asked, “What difference does it make?” Right-wingers have been losing their minds over the comment ever since.
In March, Clinton was asked about the accusations of lying during a Democratic primary debate and she called the allegations ““absolutely wrong.” According to Clinton and her campaign, the Republican-led crusade against her is nothing more than a witch hunt and is a “purely partisan exercise” that “found no wrongdoing” by Clinton.
Smith said that she has one goal for Wednesday’s debate: “I want to look in Hillary’s eyes, and have her lie to me again.”
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.