In a searing criticism of the Monday evening address delivered by Patricia Smith at the Republican National Convention, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews told the audience the GOP “ruined” their evening by allowing Mrs. Smith to claim Hillary Clinton is personally responsible for the death of her son.
Mrs. Smith’s son, Sean Smith, was killed in the 2012 attack on the American consulate office complex in Benghazi, Libya.
Calling Clinton a liar, Smith declared:
“For all of this loss, for all of this grief, for all of the cynicism, the tragedy in Benghazi has wrought upon America, I blame Hillary Clinton. I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son.”
Matthews followed Smith’s speech with a spirited defense of presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton:
“This gross accusation that somehow Hillary Clinton had anything to do with the death of Christ Stevens; she had nothing to do with it. Even if all the arguments about the P.R. afterward are true, worst case scenario, she didn’t give a straight story afterward. That had nothing to do with the death of our great ambassador over there.”
“I don’t understand why the Republicans would choose to put this on prime-time television when the have such wonderful stories of American heroism to speak to the American people. I think it was wrong. I don’t care what that woman up there, that mother, has felt; her emotions are her own. But for the country in choosing a leader, it’s wrong to have someone get up there and tell a lie about Hillary Clinton. It’s not true; it’s logically not true; it’s manifestly not true she anything to do in that case even if all the arguments about what she said or Susan Rice said on Meet the Press are true.”
Mrs. Smith’s speech obviously touched an emotional soft spot deep inside Mr. Matthews.
At least Matthews is being honest: He does not care about the death of Smith’s son or the impact Sean Smith’s death bore on the Smith family, as long as Matthews can do his part to exonerate Clinton as a reliable member of the media’s cheering section pulling for “Team Clinton” to be returned to the White House.
Matthews’ soliloquy was not without shortcoming: So unconcerned with the grief of Mrs. Smith, Matthews repeatedly referred to the late ambassador Chris Stevens instead of mentioning the speaker’s son, Sean Smith, who was the object of Mrs. Smith’s affection and sorrow Monday evening.
Instead of expressing sympathy for the deceased Smith, Matthews chose to dive in head first to offer a rear-guard action in the vain attempt to rehabilitate Mrs. Clinton’s from a well-deserved reputation as an inveterate liar.
Those who grieve over the loss of a loved one are always looking for someone to blame. For reasons few can explain, assigning blame appears to assuage inner injury.
While Smith is entirely justified in her criticism of Clinton for the utter fiction Clinton advanced in the wake of the Benghazi attack, it must be understood Clinton oversaw the State Department and was not working across the Potomac at the Pentagon.
Outside of peddling fiction to those lamenting the deaths of loved ones killed in Benghazi, where Clinton must share culpability as America’s chief diplomat is her demonstrating immense organizational and supervisory incompetence through lacking a post-Gaddafi strategy for Libya.
Hillary Clinton is known to be among the most zealous supporters of the intensive bombing campaign which assisted in ousting the former Libyan strongman, but neither Clinton nor Obama devised a plan to counterbalance what any statesman worth their salt would have recognized as the potential for utter chaos to reign after Gaddafi’s removal. To his credit, Mr. Obama has admitted his role in Libya crumbling into lawlessness and being threatened by ISIS.
Mrs. Smith comments may have been overdone, but her main grievance with Clinton revolves around a lie and a betrayal from the former Secretary when the truth was rightfully earned.
Our sympathies should always lie with the injured, but for Hillary Clinton, lying is business as usual.
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