Former President Barack Obama is jumping back into politics as the midterms approach, trying desperately to get Democrats back in control of Congress.
In a speech on Friday, he took aim not only at President Trump, but at just about every conservative on the map, especially those who held his feet to the fire during his administration.
During his speech, Obama not only referred to himself over a hundred times, he tried to rewrite his own legacy, revealing that the Benghazi tragedy still bugs him.
During his speech at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, he attacked those who questioned his handling of the Benghazi attack, saying they speculated in “wild conspiracy theories.”
His words did not sit well with Kris Paronto, one of the heroes who survived the Benghazi attack.
Obama suggested that outrage over the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi — which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens — was the result of Republican “conspiracy theories.”
“But over the past few decades, the politics of division and resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home in the Republican party,” Obama said.
The former president accused the Republican-controlled Congress of “unwinding campaign finance laws,” “systematically [attacking] voter rights,” implementing tax cuts “without regard to deficits,” “slashing the safety net,” and casting votes to “take away health insurance from ordinary Americans.”
Obama then charged that Republicans in Congress have “embraced wild conspiracy theories, like those surrounding Benghazi.”
Here is a clip of Obama’s comments on Benghazi.
“The politics of division and paranoia has found a home, unfortunately, in the Republican party. … they’ve embraced wild conspiracy theories by those surrounding Benghazi. Or my birth certificate.” President Obama #VoteDem pic.twitter.com/8nmn2X67iQ
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) September 7, 2018
Once again, however, Obama is reciting selective history.
In actuality, Republicans in Congress, though they pursued the truth behind the attack with tenacity, did not push conspiracy theories during the Benghazi investigations. It was the Obama administration that blamed the attack on a YouTube video, which was later proved categorically false.
His words did not sit well with Paronto, who responded via Twitter. The former U.S. Army Ranger was a CIA security contractor who saved countless lives at the Benghazi embassy annex during the terror attack. Four men, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, died during the attack, after Obama failed to send military support for hours.
“Benghazi is a conspiracy @BarackObama,” Paronto tweeted. “How bout we do this, let’s put your cowardly ass on the top of a roof with 6 of your buddies & shoot rpg’s & Ak47’s at you while terrorists lob 81mm mortars, killing 2 of your buddies, all while waiting for US support that you never sent.”
Benghazi is a conspiracy @BarackObama ?! How bout we do this,let’s put your cowardly ass on the top of a roof with 6 of your buddies&shoot rpg’s&Ak47’s at you while terrorists lob 81mm mortars killing 2 of your buddies all while waiting for US support that you never sent🖕🏼#scum
— Kris Paronto (@KrisParonto) September 7, 2018
To this day, President Obama has not directly addressed to Paronto and the Benghazi survivors his failure to provide support during the attack.
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