While appearing on MSNBC Monday, Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith, one of those killed in the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, went off on Andrea Mitchell, telling her in no uncertain terms that the cable news host cannot possibly understand how it feels to have a child murdered while authorities refuse to say why.
Mediaite’s J.D. Durkin reported:
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Ms. Smith said there are still far too many unanswered questions that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not address; also noting she “watched every minute” of Thursday’s hearing and was left unsatisfied Clinton’s line of answering.
“Hillary didn’t answer the questions. I am still waiting,” the greiving mother said. “If the Ambassador cabled that he needed more people, more security, this cable according to Hillary — it did not reach her. Who did it reach and what was done so that my son wouldn’t be murdered like he was? This has never been answered.”
Smith also said then-Secretary Clinton “should have known what was going on, yet she claims she didn’t, and my son died, along with the Ambassador and two other wonderful people.”
In the interview, the one time Mitchell was willing to show footage from the hearing, it was undeniably from the perspective of a pro-Clinton backdrop (“There was never a recommendation… to close Benghazi”). I am shocked to see Mitchell present a counterpoint argument, leading in with the words, “Her defense is…”, as she’s explaining the delicate nature of political jargon to a grieving mother who is simply demanding answers. On Clinton, Smith continued, “She won’t give me an explanation. Nobody came to help them,” referring to the night of the 2012 attacks at the US Consulate in Libya.
Mitchell sought to close the interview with condolences, telling Smith that, “I am so sorry for your loss…” Smith, however, exploded with rage:
“You can’t understand! You just can’t understand! My only child was murdered and nobody will tell me why!”
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