Former GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz criticized former President Barack Obama Tuesday, for calling the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, tragedy a conspiracy theory.
Chaffetz cited a speech Obama gave Friday, in an op-ed for Fox News, and accused him of trying to “re-write history.” (RELATED: Taxpayers Shouldn’t Have To Pay Security Clearance Costs For Former Government Officials, Says Jason Chaffetz)
“President Barack Obama in a speech on Friday blamed ‘the politics of resentment and paranoia,’ which he said had found a home in the Republican Party, for ‘wild conspiracy theories – like those surrounding Benghazi,” Chaffetz wrote.
Chaffetz defended one of the Benghazi soldiers, Kris “Tanto” Paronto, for expressing disgust at Obama’s comments on Twitter Friday.
“What a reprehensible way to frame an event that killed four Americans while they waited for rescue and protection they deserved from people Barack Obama never sent,” Chaffetz wrote in the op-ed. “Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto, one of the heroes who watched his friends die that night in Benghazi, called Obama’s comments ‘disgusting.'”
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
“He’s right to be offended,” Chaffetz continued. “The real conspiracy of Benghazi was the false narrative that the whole thing was the result of an offensive video – an objectively proven lie born from the resentment and paranoia within Obama’s own administration.”
President Donald Trump has been eliminating Obama’s presidential legacy, Chaffetz said but urged the White House and the American people to remember Benghazi.
“This is one part of the Obama legacy that Trump should not erase,” he concluded. “We all need to remember the lessons learned from Obama’s worst mistake.”
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