Much of the current outrage over the Benghazi scandal is rooted in then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s assertion on Sunday political talk shows that an obscure YouTube video was responsible for the 2012 terror attack. In an apparent attempt to outdo that bizarre theory, far-left reporter Eleanor Clift appeared as a panelist on The McLaughlin Group this past Sunday to float another outrageous allegation.
First, she began by suggesting the attack, which has been largely ignored or relegated by the mainstream press, has actually received too much attention.
“Every media organization has investigated this to death,” she insisted, explaining the issue “animates the right wing of the Republican Party.”
From there, her narrative takes an even more speculative turn.
“And I would like to point out that Ambassador Stevens was not murdered,” she said of one of the four killed during the siege.
Clift proclaimed Chris Stevens “died of smoke inhalation in the safe room,” which led conservative panelist Pat Buchanan to interject.
“It was a terrorist attack, Eleanor!” he exclaimed. “He was murdered in a terrorist attack!”
Clift shot back, asserting the deadly act was “an opportunistic terrorist attack … that grew out of that video.”
In an attempt to set the record straight, Buchanan retorted: “The video had nothing to do with it!”
Clift, however, was determined to make her ultimate point, which appeared to be a defense of likely Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“And if you’re gonna put people on trial, we should put [former Army General] David Petraeus on trial, not Hillary Clinton,” she concluded.
Anyone able to view the disturbing images publicized after the Benghazi attack and suggest Stevens was not murdered must realize such an outlandish claim would lead to widespread criticism. In addition to Buchanan’s outrage immediately following her comments, patriots of all stripes have joined in the excoriation of Clift’s theory.
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