Leave it to Mitt Romney to cause headaches in the middle of an international tragedy.
As reported on Wednesday, U.S. ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens was brutally murdered on Wednesday by protesters in Benghazi. The angry mob that killed Stevens and three other State Department employees were enraged about a U.S. film that depicted the prophet Mohammed in negative light.
At the same time, protests rose up in Egypt near their U.S. embassy over the same issue.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney thought it would be a great idea to speak on the tragedy late Tuesday (U.S. time) as it was unfolding thousands of miles away. He rushed to condemn the killing, but also unfairly threw President Obama under the bus.
“I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi …. It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks,” Romney said. [SOURCE]
Hours later when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the attacks and confirmed the death of Stevens, Romney opened is big mouth again. This time he had the following to say:
“We join together in the condemnation of attacks on the American embassies and the loss of American life and join in sympathy for these people …. It’s also important for me — just as it was for the White House, last night by the way — to say that the statements were inappropriate, and in my view a disgraceful statement on the part of our administration to apologize for American values.” [SOURCE]
Romney was far out of line for speaking out on the tragedy before the president. He was even further out of the paint for suggesting that Obama sympathized with the killers in any fashion.
I understand that Romney is behind in some key polls, but was he even thinking? These killing are a national tragedy and he wants to throw around lies about the president for political gain?
Instead of reprimands from his party, he was rewarded by some of its faithful members because he ‘stood up’ to the president. Republicans these days are allergic to being wrong and will dig themselves further in the hole to keep from admitting the truth.
In my opinion, Romney doesn’t “get it” at all. He is looking for any opportunity to pimp the news in his favor over President Obama and it’s not working. In foreign matters, Americans must present a united front.
Now that Romney’s foot is all the way in his mouth, maybe he will think before speaking too soon on developing foreign matters.
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