With the recent release of the GOP’s “findings” from their Benghazi
political stunt “investigation,” the 2012 terrorist attack that took the lives of four Americans was, once again, back in the news. Ultimately, this 800 page report turned out to be a whole lot of information we’ve already know about for years mixed with the Republican opinion that more could have been done to prevent the attack — even though their own hand-picked military expert literally said that there was probably nothing which could have been done differently to prevent the attack.
No matter what this report ultimately said, Republicans were going to come to the conclusion that these four lives could have been saved, even if there wasn’t any factual evidence to support that claim — which there wasn’t.
Either way, the release of this report should mark the end of a partisan witch hunt to slander the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton that’s been going on for nearly four years. Sadly, we knew Republicans weren’t going to let this report go without doing their best to make a non-story into something “shocking” and “controversial.”
Such as Fox News’ Sean Hannity who, on Thursday, pushed the ridiculous “stand down” conspiracy that’s been debunked for years.
“During the attack, a stand-down order was given, and our troops were told to change their clothes four times, and we needed, you know, permission from the Libyans to actually save Americans, and that’s what they were discussing,” Hannity said.
Yeah, that’s not remotely true now, nor has it been true the countless times Republicans have tried to claim it was over the last 3+ years.
Here’s what Politifact said about Hannity’s comment:
Hannity is mashing up two different incidents.
There was no order to give up on the rescue effort altogether; rather, security personnel held their position about a mile away for 23 minutes as they gathered equipment and attempted to make contact with personnel on the ground.
Separately, several hours later and in Spain, Marines did get in and out of uniform over a period of three hours as officials debated how they should respond. The delay occurred after the surviving Americans and those who had been killed already had been evacuated to Tripoli.
Sean Hannity’s no novice when it comes to politics. He damn well knows that his statement was a blatant lie. Not only that, but he’s mixing together two entirely different stories to fabricate his fictional one.
The ironic thing to all of this is, while Republicans like Sean Hannity continue to exploit this attack for political gains, the late Ambassador Chris Stevens’ family has said that they don’t blame Hillary Clinton; that it’s “unjust” to continue to criticize her; that they’re disgusted that their loved one’s death has been exploited by some (Republicans); and that Chris Stevens actually admired and respected Hillary Clinton.
What I’ve actually seen is conservatives bashing the Stevens family, accusing them of lying for Clinton. I’ve even seen some claim that the family was paid off by the Clintons to say the things that they’ve said.
I’ll be honest, I really don’t even know what to say to that other than those who actually believe it are absolutely disgusting.
Thankfully, Politifact was quick to call out Hannity by fact-checking him almost immediately after this soundly debunked lie came out of his mouth on Thursday night.
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