The first hour of the Republican National Convention was largely about Benghazi, the 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya that left four Americans dead – and a four-year-long trail of mostly partisan recriminations over who was to blame.
The mother of one of the victims, Pat Smith, said: "I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son. She lied to me, then called me a liar…. She deserves to be in stripes.”
John Tiegen, one of the security contractors who fought to save the Americans – and later co-wrote a controversial book about the incident – repeated a charge that has been discredited by a series of congressional investigations: that Clinton, or at least her State Department, ordered U.S. personnel to “stand down” rather than rescuing the besieged U.S. ambassador to Libya.