Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reportedly invited the mother of an IT expert who died in the 2012 Benghazi attacks to the third presidential debate on Wednesday night.
Pat Smith confirmed the news to the media. But she had no idea whether she would sit in the front row. Trump camp disclosed she would sit in a “prominent position.” Smith acknowledged the camp threw her an invitation in an interview with Yahoo News on Monday. The woman had delivered a powerful speech at the Republican National Convention in July.
Back then, she placed the blame for the death of her son on Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary R. Clinton.
“I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son. Personally,”
What’s more, she complained about Clinton calling her a liar when, in reality, the former secretary of state lied and deceived the families of the four Americans that lost their lives in the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.
In Smith’s opinion, the Democratic nominee hid the fact that someone coordinate the attack. Instead, Clinton falsely blamed violent protests related to an anti-Muslim footage for the attacks, according to Smith. At the end of the speech, the woman urged authorities to put Clinton behind bars.
Trump Camp’s Comments
Furthermore, Trump camp explained a Smith appearance at the debate could squeeze from Clinton a “solid answer” for the victims’ families. The former Obama administration official could finally shed some light on why the State Department failed to rescue all its personnel at the embassy in Benghazi.
Trump surrogate Michael Flynn, who is a retired lieutenant-general, gave more details on the impact of the woman’s presence. He recalled Clinton had once said an answer would not make any real difference.
But the difference may be that four young Americans lost their lives in the attacks and their families still want and answer to why that happened, Flynn added. The Trump aide hopes that the families will get the long-sought answer on Wednesday night.
In 2013, Clinton said before congress the truth about the Benghazi attacks does not make any difference. Earlier this year, she described Smith’s allegations towards her as “absolutely wrong.”
Additionally, her camp said the congressional probe into the matter was a “partisan exercise” but it found no evidence of wrongdoing.
In this Monday’s interview, Smith acknowledged she has one goal in her mind.
“I want to look in Hillary’s eyes, and have her lie to me again,”
the woman said.
Presidential Debate Guests a Widely-Used Tactic
Political analysts say inviting guests in a presidential debate is a good tactic of putting your adversary in difficulty. In the first debate, Clinton camp invited Mark Cuban. In the second debate, Trump invited three women whom allegedly Bill Clinton had harassed.
At the time, Clinton camp commented on the news that the three women will get seats in the front row at the debate. They said it was no surprise the Republican candidate insisted on “continu[ing] his destructive race to the bottom.”
Last week, Trump aides said they plan to get more skeletons out of Clinton’s closet in the final weeks of the election.
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