On Friday, Donald Trump made his long-awaited announcement and named Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate. While I was personally hoping he would pick Newt Gingrich, I had a feeling that was never really going to happen. I’ll always think what might have been with a Trump/Gingrich ticket; two men with six marriages, four divorces and at least three extramarital affairs running as the candidates for the party that claims they’re fighting to “preserve the sanctity of marriage.”
Pence isn’t exactly an “exciting” choice, but it makes a lot of sense when you realize that there was no way Trump was going to choose someone who might remotely overshadow him or steal any of his spotlight. Someone like Gingrich might have done that from time to time.
So, in the spirit of “The Donald,” Gov. Pence decided to give a speech recently where he didn’t let facts get in the way of pushing the soundly debunked conspiracy that Hillary Clinton waited 13 hours to send help to Americans in Benghazi.
“We don’t need a president that took 13 hours to send help to Americans under fire and after four brave Americans fell said ‘what difference, at this point, does it make.’ Anyone who did that, anyone who said that, should be disqualified from ever being commander in chief of the armed forces,” Pence said.
When Republicans repeat this lie, all they’re really doing is proving that they don’t know how any of this works. No matter how much they want to spin Benghazi, Hillary Clinton wasn’t the one in charge of sending help — that task falls with military officials. So it doesn’t even make sense to say that she “took 13 hours to send help,” because that wasn’t her responsibility.
Not only that, but when she said “what difference does it make,” she was addressing repeated badgering by Republicans who continued to obsess about why the attack happened, repeatedly bringing up comments that were made by her and others within the administration concerning whether an Internet video had triggered a spontaneous attack vs. a calculated and planned terrorist attack. Her point with this comment that Republicans have constantly taken out of context was that it doesn’t matter why it happened because that has nothing to do with what happened. It was nothing more than “gotcha” politics from Republicans trying to make a big deal out of the talking points that were used while everyone tried to figure out exactly what had happened that night.
This reminds me of a term Bill Maher has used when referring to these Republicans repeating debunked bullshit over and over again — “zombie lies.” It’s completely untrue, and has been debunked countless times, yet Republicans couldn’t seem to care less. Hence the term “zombie lie” — as in a lie that simply won’t die.
I’m glad we have fact-checking sites like Politifact to call out the endless stream of fiction that flows from the GOP, but unfortunately, the vast majority of Republican voters don’t care about facts, they just want someone to tell them what they want to hear.