- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 4, 2016

The widow of one of the four Americans killed during the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, said Thursday that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “turned her back” on the victims’ families and is unfit to be president.

Dorothy Woods told radio host Hugh Hewitt that there is a “distinct difference” between Mrs. Clinton and her late husband, former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods. 

“That night, American lives were important, the most important thing … to Ty,” Ms. Woods said, according to a transcript. “That’s how he felt, versus Hillary Clinton, who you know, couldn’t be bothered with it. She dismissed it. She thought of herself. She thought of what that would look like. And that’s the fundamental difference.”

She went on to say that Mrs. Clinton was “dismissive” in telling the country to “move on” following the House Republicans long-awaited report on Benghazi released in June.

“It’s characteristic Clinton. It’s characteristic Obama,” Ms. Woods said. “You know, ‘Let’s go ahead and sweep that under the rug. It doesn’t suit what I am, the narrative I’m trying to present about myself.’ … Nobody can tell me to move on. Nobody can tell me how to feel. Nobody can tell me how to think about it.”

She criticized the media’s reaction to the things Donald Trump says versus the things Mrs. Clinton has actually done.

“I feel like everybody, and this is my opinion, gets truly bent out of shape about how Trump says things,” Ms. Woods said. “But time and time again, we’ve seen that Hillary is a woman who has repeatedly acted in a way that isn’t commander-in-chief like, you know? So I feel like the media forces us to base our decision, base our vote on someone who sounds bad versus someone who has — there’s actual evidence on how someone has acted when the chips were down. And in my case, we know how she acted. She let it go. She, you know, she turned her back. So to me, that’s just, you know, more evidence as a testament to see how she would be as a president.”

Ms. Woods, also a veteran, said the SEAL community does not have confidence in Mrs. Clinton as president.

“Because these are men who loved Ty. And while some of them knew him personally, others feel him as a brother. And irrespective of whether or not she becomes president, you know, they are going to do what is the right thing to do,” she explained. “We say we take care of their families at home, but when they are serving us in dangerous places, and they need help, we expect to go help them. They expect us to go help them. This instance, she did not. And if she did this to these guys, she’s going to do it again. She did this to me, and I can say that I take it personally. And I tell people, you know, I am a woman, I am a mother, I’m an immigrant, I’m a veteran. I am her demographic. She did this to me. She will do this again. I believe that.”

Ms. Woods also weighed in on the controversy surrounding Mr. Trump over his criticism of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Muslim parents of a fallen U.S. soldier, who spoke out against the Republican presidential nominee during the Democratic National Convention last week.

“I believe that the Khans are only public because they are Muslim,” Ms. Woods said. “And to me, that sends the wrong message that they are more important than the rest of us. No loss is more or less important than the other.

“The fundamental difference between myself and the Khans is first, I would never, had it not been for the Ambassador dying, and how Benghazi has fallen out, you wouldn’t hear from me. You wouldn’t know who I am,” she said. “I truly believe the difference between my situation and theirs is that Hillary Clinton was directly involved in the events leading up to Ty’s death, and that the Obama administration had a hand in those events as well.”

Concluding the interview, Ms. Woods reiterated her view that Mrs. Clinton is unfit for the White House.

“Hillary Clinton cannot do what parents all over the country do to teach their kids right versus wrong, so she cannot fundamentally be our commander-in-chief,” she said. “You know, it’s that simple. It’s that empirical to me. I wouldn’t teach my son, you know, to treat other people like that. And now she wants to be in charge of other people’s sons? No.”

On Tuesday, Tyrone Woods’ father, Charles Woods, appeared on CNN calling Mrs. Clinton a liar.

“Clinton proved at Benghazi that she was incapable of protecting 35 of her own employees. So how could she possibly protect 330 million Americans at home?” he asked.

Asked if Mr. Trump should apologize to the Khans, Mr. Woods responded: “I know who should apologize, and that would be Hillary Clinton, for lying to the American families who lost their loved ones, as well as to the American public.”

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