EDITORIAL

Is The GOP Seeking To Capitalize On A Grieving Mother’s Loss For Political Gain?

Coping with the grief and loss of a loved one is always difficult, particularly if the person passes away suddenly.

Photo credit: Wikimedia
Photo credit: Wikimedia

This certainly does not allow for closure and the mourning period could go on for an extended period of time especially when it is the loss of a child by a mother.

Now fast forward to the convention of the GOP that was recently held in Cleveland, Ohio.

Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, one of the four Americans who died in the 2012 Benghazi attack was called on to speak and she wasted no time as she lambasted the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton in particular for the death of her son.

“For all of this loss, for all of this grief, for all of the cynicism the tragedy in Benghazi has wrought upon America, I blame Hillary Clinton,” Smith said.

“I blame Hillary Clinton, personally, for the death of my son,” she charged.

As she continued to vent, she reflected on the last conversation she had with her son thus:

“The last time I talked to Sean, the night before the terrorist attack, he told me, ‘Mom, I am going to die.’ All security had been pulled from the embassy.”

“Nobody seemed to listen, nobody seemed to care.”

There is no doubt that Patricia Smith in her grief is channeling the lines of the Republican leadership, in a parting shot from the stage she shouted to the crowd “Hillary for Prison.”

“She deserves to be in stripes,” she added.

Now, one can excuse Smith for not connecting the dots in her period of grief, however, there is no excuse for the GOP Party leadership which in the light of investigation and evidence to the contrary continues to blame Hillary Clinton for the 2012 attack in Benghazi and the death of four Americans.

Clearly, the use of the death of a person in the line of duty as a political prop does not only denigrates the political process, but seems opportunistic, cynical, and exploitative.

This type of overreach ought to be dispensed with by either side of the political divide, and the sooner the better.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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