Harper Neidig – The Hill – Saturday, July 23, 2016
The mother of one of the victims killed in the 2012 Benghazi attacks called on Republicans to stop invoking her son on Friday, blasting their references to his death as “opportunistic and cynical.”
“As Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s mother, I am writing to object to any mention of his name and death in Benghazi, Libya, by Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party,” Mary F. Commanday wrote in a letter to the editor published in the New York Times.
“I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that connection,” she continued. “I hope that there will be an immediate and permanent stop to this opportunistic and cynical use by the campaign.”
The GOP made the attacks one of the central themes of its convention last week. Another victim’s mother, Patricia Smith spoke before the crowd of delegates on Monday, saying she blamed Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton for the death of her son, Sean Smith.