During an interview Monday on USA Radio Network’s Trending Today USA, Marine Corps veteran Mark Geist, who survived the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, offered a scathing indictment of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s character.
“She has never taken responsibility for Benghazi and what went wrong there and the email server and the emails and national security,” said Geist, author of 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi.
During the interview, Geist was asked what he would say to Clinton if he were to meet her face to face.
“Why didn’t you send the Marines?” Geist said first, noting that Clinton was more worried about what the Libyans might think than anything else during the night of the attack on Sept. 11, 2012, when rescue teams were never dispatched to aid Americans in Benghazi fighting off rebels. “That’s why she kept the Marines back in Rota, Spain.”
But Geist thought of other questions to ask.
“Why would you sit there and lie to American families who sacrificed their lives for you to be in the position you’re in?” he said, referring to Clinton’s claims that the attack was started by a video about Islam when she knew that was not true.
Geist said he wanted to tell Clinton her “integrity, honesty and commitment to the people is overshadowed by your commitment to … being the person in charge.”
And there was one final question.
“How do you as a civil servant … amass a fortune of $240 million? I’d really like to know the secret of that,” he added.
During the interview, Geist was asked if he was still angry, four years after Benghazi.
“I’m disappointed and angry that our politicians forget who they work for. They work for the American public. They think they’re … elites who get to do whatever they want at our peril.”
Geist noted that one catalyst for his opposition to Clinton, in addition to the Benghazi debacle, was a 2011 email from Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal encouraging her to support the Libyan rebels to promote her eventual candidacy for the White House.
“When that kind of stuff goes on, that really worries me that we have politicians that are worrying more about … making themselves look good than the lives they’re putting in harm’s way,” he said.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, however, is different, Geist said.
“He tells you how it is,” Geist said, noting that Americans need a “thicker skin” to be able to focus on the critical issues facing the country.
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