"I blame Hillary": Mother of intelligence analyst killed at Benghazi calls Clinton a murderer

Pat Smith, mom on Benghazi victim Sean Smith, said Clinton "deserves to be in stripes" at RNC

By Scott Eric Kaufman
July 19, 2016 5:02AM (UTC)
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Pat Smith -- the mother of Sean Smith, an information analyst who died in the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi -- gave an impassioned, if factually sketchy, speech at the Republican National Convention in which she stated that she "blame[s] Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son."

An emotional Smith claimed that "in an email to her daughter shortly after the attack, Hillary Clinton blamed it on terrorism. 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," she continued, "I have repeatedly asked Hillary Clinton to explain to me the real reason why my son is dead -- I am still waiting."

According to Smith, this entire campaign "comes down to a single question -- 'If Hillary Clinton can't give us the truth, why should we give her the presidency?'"

"That's right," she concluded, "Hillary for prison! She deserves to be in stripes!"


Smith followed a heavyweight lineup that included Willie Robertson from "Duck Dynasty," Scott Baio, and failed GOP presidential nominee Rick Perry.

Watch her entire speech below via CNN.

Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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