- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

MSNBC host Chris Matthews claimed Monday that the mother of Sean Smith, a U.S. information management officer killed in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, “ruined” the evening with her criticism of Hillary Clinton during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Patricia Smith, an outspoken opponent of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, delivered an emotional speech Monday that blamed Mrs. Clinton for the death of her son.

“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,” Ms. Smith told the RNC crowd. “I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son.”

Mr. Matthews called it a “gross accusation” that Mrs. Clinton had anything to do with the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi.

“I don’t understand why the Republicans would choose to put this on prime-time television when they have such wonderful stories of American heroism to speak to the American people,” Mr. Matthews said, Mediaite reported. “I think it was wrong.

“I don’t care what that woman up there, the 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,” he added. “I think it’s wrong that they ruined their evening with this.”

Ms. Smith has repeatedly accused the former secretary of state of lying to her about what happened to her son during the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Libya.

“In an email to her daughter shortly after the attack, Hillary Clinton blamed it on terrorism,” the mother said Monday. “But when I saw Hillary Clinton at Sean’s coffin ceremony, just days later, she looked me squarely in the eye and told me a video was responsible. Since then, I have repeatedly asked Hillary Clinton to explain to me the real reason why my son is dead. I’m still waiting.”

In March, Ms. Smithsaid there’s “a special place in hell” for people like Mrs. Clinton.

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