- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 24, 2013

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was interrupted during a Wednesday night speech at a university in New York by an angry heckler who blamed her for the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.

“Benghazi, Benghazi, you let them die,” the heckler screamed, for fully 40 seconds while Mrs. Clinton tried to ignore it and continue her speech, The Daily Mail reported.

She was the keynote speaker for the University of Buffalo’s “Distinguished Speakers Series” when the heckler interrupted. She tried to talk over him, but finally responded.

“We want to be willing to come together as citizens to focus on the kind of future we want, which doesn’t include yelling,” she said, The Daily Mail reported. “It includes sitting down and talking to one another.”

The audience broke into applause at Mrs. Clinton’s rebuttal. But the theme of blaming Mrs. Clinton for the Benghazi incident just won’t fade.

A mother of one of the four Americans killed — State Department Information Officer Sean Smith — told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an earlier interview that she points the finger at Mrs. Clinton for her son’s death.

Pat Smith told him bluntly that she blamed the former secretary of state and asked: “Why couldn’t she do something about it? I blame her. That’s her department. She is supposed to be on top of it. Yet she claims she knows nothing,” The Daily Mail reported.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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