WASHINGTON, D.C. (WP) — Republicans aren’t shy about patriotic displays, so it’s no surprise that on September 11th, a day still very raw and emotional for many Americans, GOP politicians and pundits are out in front professing their great sorrow for the losses suffered by Americans on that day.
At the September 11th memorial service in Washington, D.C., today Sen. Ted Cruz began by saying, “9/11 is a sacred American holiday to remember the fallen victims, and swear to avenge their deaths in Benghazi.” When pressed by reporters, “don’t you mean Ground Zero or the Pentagon?”, he answered, that “No, I mean Benghazi. Ground Zero is ancient history. Bin Laden is dead, and it was never that big a deal really. Benghazi is the real American tragedy, perhaps the worst ever in our history, and certainly on this day. We must work tirelessly to make sure that the people responsible, whether through action or inaction, are brought to justice, just as we must work to make sure the the four who died that day are never forgotten.”
Rep. Darrell Issa, who organized the service on Capitol Hill defended his move to keep survivors from the Pentagon crash of flight 77 from speaking. “9/11 is about Benghazi, not some plane crash. Those people need to step aside and recognize the much greater losses of those four brave Americans in Libya, left to die. Look, Congress investigated the president in 2001, what’s his name, thoroughly after 9/11 and found that neither he, nor anyone in his administration, had overlooked intelligence or in any way allowed that tragedy to happen. That’s not the case with Benghazi, which is why I’m more determined than ever to see this through.”
Special guest Rush Limbaugh fired up the crowd by saying, “Bin Laden is dead, but the perpetrator of Benghazi is still alive, and occupying the White House. We can’t let that stand!”
Rep. Steve Stockman, who has sought impeachment over Benghazi, told the crowd that “We as a nation must move beyond what happened in 2001 and realize the much greater tragedy was the FOUR PEOPLE who died on September 11, 2012. Those four brave Americans are much more deserving than the measly three thousand who died eleven years before.”
And these leaders were reflecting the mood of their constituents. Over the weekend a Gallup poll of Republican voters found that 76% named Benghazi as the worst thing that ever happened on 9/11, with 64% not being able to name any other tragedy worthy of consideration.
Of course all this makes sense in the light of recent studies that show that most Tea Party voters can’t remember anything from 2001-08, and even struggle to name the president during that time, though 29% say “Obama”, whom they blame for the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina.
Liz Cheney, candidate for Senator from Wyoming, told Fox News, “Sorry, victims, and families of victims of 9/11 in New York and Washington, but the GOP doesn’t care about you any more. Maybe we never did. But it’s about Benghazi now, so move on.” She then added that “It shouldn’t be too surprising. We only ever cared about your suffering as a prop to beat liberals down, to keep them from criticizing Republican rule. Or to whip public opinion behind a war in Iraq. I mean, certainly you suspected when we denied first responders benefits for illnesses which resulted from prolonged time at Ground Zero, right? Or when we let those benefits be cut by the Sequester™?”
And, as has been the case in recent years, former president George W. Bush stayed home and made no statements, though friends say he’s painting a really nice picture of a puppy, so he might have forgotten today’s anniversary.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 11, 2013
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) September 11, 2013
Tragically, 9/11 now also marks the one year anniversary since the terrorist attack on our Consulate in #Benghazi.
— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) September 11, 2013
In the year since #Benghazi we've seen a total lack of accountability from this Administration & many important questions remain unanswered
— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) September 11, 2013
One year after attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, still no accountability from Obama administration. pic.twitter.com/yK9B8m8zok
— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) September 11, 2013
1 yr ago Amb Stevens, Woods, Doherty & Smith were killed in Benghazi. No one brought to justice. Answers still needed http://t.co/jVzrvtZoLm
— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) September 11, 2013
On 9/11, we mourn all those we lost this day, including Amb. Chris Stevens and his brave colleagues killed one year ago in #Benghazi
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 11, 2013
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) September 11, 2013
Minnesota GOP notes the 4 who died in 2012, but no count of the dead in 2001.
Remembering the lost on 9/11/2001 in NY, PA, and the Pentagon and the 4 who died on 9/11/2012 in Benghazi. We will never forget!
— MNGOP (@mngop) September 11, 2013
— Ron DeSantis (@RepDeSantis) September 11, 2013
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