Mitt Romney has come under fire from the mother of one of the four Navy SEALs slain in the September 11th attack in Benghazi, and the GOP contender has been chided by the grieving woman for politicizing her son’s death in order to criticize President Barack Obama.
Mitt Romney’s handling during his campaign of the attack in Benghazi has been critically judged from the first public mention the candidate made of the tragedy late of the evening of September 11. When his statements wrongly accusing President Obama of apologizing for America’s values was criticized widely, even by those in his party, Romney doubled down on his critique during a hastily assembled news conference in Florida.
In recent weeks, Romney has, while stumping, mentioned an encounter with Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, who was killed in the Libya consulate attack. The candidate said:
“When he and his colleagues there heard that the consulate was under attack … they went there. They didn’t hunker down where they were in safety. They rushed there to go help … This is the American way: We go where there’s trouble. We go where we’re needed. And right now we’re needed. Right now the American people need us.”
Romney’s words didn’t sit right with Barbara Doherty, Glen Doherty’s mom; she commented on the use of her son as a campaign talking point for Romney, saying:
“I don’t trust Romney … He shouldn’t make my son’s death part of his political agenda. It’s wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama.”
Romney has since promised to stop invoking the slain SEAL’s name in his campaign. A campaign spokesman for Romney confirmed:
“Governor Romney was inspired by the memory of meeting Glen Doherty and shared his story and that memory, but we respect the wishes of Mrs. Doherty.”