The Mom of Ambassador Christopher Stevens Has a Request for Republicans When it Comes to Benghazi

| JUL 25, 2016 | 12:23 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's handling of the September 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, was a major theme of last week's Republican National Convention.

But not everyone appreciated how Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans in Cleveland politicized the deadly terrorist attack.

Among those upset was Mary Commanday, the mother of the late Ambassador Christopher Stevens, the highest ranking American killed in that attack. She wrote in a letter to the editor published by The New York Times on Saturday:

"As Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s mother, I am writing to object to any mention of his name and death in Benghazi, Libya, by Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party.

I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that connection. I hope that there will be an immediate and permanent stop to this opportunistic and cynical use by the campaign."

Two veterans who fought in Benghazi that fateful night did address the GOP faithful in Cleveland last week.

Pat Smith, the mother of slain IT expert, Sean Smith, also gave a tearful speech calling out Clinton's leadership and performance on that fateful day, in addition to her comments that followed:

But the request from Commanday is clear, and it will be interesting to see if Republicans abide by her wishes.

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