According to Yahoo News, alleged unregistered sex offender and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has just invited to the final presidential debate the mother of a State Department employee killed in the 2012 Benghazi terror attack against the American embassy situated there.
The woman, Pat Smith, whose son Sean was killed, has been one of the most vocal among the family members of the victims to blame Hillary Clinton for the incident, which claimed the lives of a total of 4 Americans.
As The Hill wrote Monday:
‘Smith spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer, where she said, “I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son.”‘
Although there isn’t even a consensus opinion among family members of the victims that Clinton was responsible for the deaths, Congressional Republicans have long run with the idea in an effort to overturn the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
As has long been proven however, although Clinton was Secretary of State at the time of the attack, she is in no way responsible for the incident. Congressional Republicans allege that Clinton transmitted information through her private, unsecured email which weakened the security of those Americans stationed in Benghazi.
Clinton, however, has long been cleared of wrongdoing by such authorities as FBI director James Comey himself.
Such a clearing, though, is hardly enough for desperate Congressional Republicans who want to see Clinton fall which, to those behind the over a dozen Benghazi “investigations,” would hopefully salvage some kind of future for the Republican Party, a party currently looking at an uncertain future since Trump isn’t going down alone.
Trump’s invitation of Smith to the final debate may point to what his strategy is for the debate and subsequent final few weeks of the campaign as he faces the ever increasing possibility of a crushing loss come Election Day.
His guests to the second debate, a group of the women who have accused former President Bill Clinton of rape, corresponded to his debate night attempt at defending his own sexual misconduct through pointing a finger at Bill and claiming that Hillary had somehow “enabled” his abuse of women.
He furthered his argument by pointing to a rape case from decades ago in which Hillary had served as the attacker’s lawyer; the victim in that incident was also at the second presidential debate.
Trump’s effort at defending himself through such a convoluted finger pointing hardly worked, and he still sits at only an about one in ten chance of winning the presidency were the election to be held today.
Thus, Trump has reached the point of desperation to be bringing to the final debate a woman who alleges, in sync with Trump and other leading Republicans, that Hillary Clinton is responsible for something which she has long been cleared of any connection to.
Trump’s apparent strategy, however, relying on apocalyptic pronouncements that his opponent somehow orchestrated the deaths of Americans overseas, isn’t likely to work. Republicans have been beating the “Hillary is responsible for Benghazi” drum for most of the 2016 election season with effectively nothing to show for it.
And, on top of the inherent weakness in the argument, the millions of Americans whose support Trump needs to win aren’t suddenly going to think that sexual assault is okay. Trump, for his part, bragged about committing sexual assault in recently released audio tapes from 2005.
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