While many honor the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, it is also the sixth anniversary of the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Lybia. One hero of the Benghazi attacks, Kris “Tonto” Paronto, had some tough words for former President Barack Obama who recently categorized the response to the attacks as a “conspiracy theory.” During his speech, where he also broke tradition to bash President Donald Trump, the former president compared the Republican response to the Benghazi attacks to conspiracy theories on par with those of his birth certificate.
“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
Needless to say, Paronto found these comments to be disgusting. After all, four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, lost their lives. “To hear [President] Obama say that, it’s just another slap in the face,” said Paronto. “It makes all of us tremendously angry.” Obama delivered the disparaging remarks to many students at the University of Illinois, a move that particularly frustrated Paronto. “He’s trying to rewrite history and say that Benghazi didn’t happen, especially to a group of college students who may not know the story — and I wouldn’t be shocked if a lot of them didn’t,” said Paronto. The Benghazi hero also jabbed then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her role in the attacks.
“You had Hillary Clinton say ‘What difference does it make?’ That was hurtful and hurtful to the families. Now you’ve got Barack Obama calling it a conspiracy. They just continually put down the family members. They continually talk down and not honor the family members of Tyrone Woods, Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, of Glen Doherty — of those that did die that night and sacrificed everything.”
Paronto added that he is still angry about the attacks, six years later. “I can’t believe that [President Obama] has still not taken responsibility for his failures and leaving us to die, which is essentially what he did and what Hillary Clinton did,” said Paronto. The Benghazi hero dropped a hammer on the former president on Twitter immediately following his speech in Illinois, writing:
I apologize all you @BarackObama minions, I was completely out of line telling Fox that BHusseinObama&I should be closed room to settle our differences for him leaving us to die in Libya then him & his media lying about it. Thank you for the correction Pres. Trump . https://t.co/ZiyvRzj0Z6
— Kris Paronto (@KrisParonto) September 10, 2018
Paronto hopes that he will be able to bring attention to the truth about the attacks in Benghazi so that he can honor the memories of those who died in a way Obama failed to do.
Watch Paronto’s full remarks: