Mother of Benghazi victim gives emotional speech at RNC

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CLEVELAND – The mother of Sean Smith, a San Diego-native who died in the Benghazi attack, gave an emotional speech Monday evening at the Republican convention in Ohio.

During her speech Monday, Patricia Smith showed emotion as she placed blame on presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for her son’s death.

Pat Smith, Sean Smith

Pat Smith, Sean Smith

“I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son… If Hillary Clinton can’t give us the truth, why should we give her the presidency? That’s right, Hillary for prison. She deserves to be in stripes,” Smith said to cheers on the opening night of the RNC.

Her remarks come on a night focused largely on the Benghazi attack — which took place during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state — and immigration.

Clinton was investigated by a special House committee and testified before the committee for 11 hours about the Benghazi attack. The committee’s final report, released last month, faulted the Obama administration for security lapses that led to the deaths of four Americans, but contained no revelations likely to further damage Clinton.

Sean Smith, a foreign service information management officer, was killed along with U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and two CIA contractors in the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

“Hillary Clinton is a woman, a mother, and a grandmother of two,” Smith said. “I am a woman, a mother, and a grandmother of two. How could she do this to me?”

An audience member yelled, of Clinton: “She’s a liar!”

“She sure is,” Smith responded.

“Donald Trump is everything Hillary Clinton is not. He is blunt, direct and strong,” Smith said. “He speaks his mind and his heart. And when it comes to the threat posed by radical Islamic terrorism, he will not hesitate to kill the terrorists who threaten American lives. He will make American stronger, not weaker.”

Smith endorsed presumptive GOP nominee Trump and was joined on stage by speakers U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, Marine Corps veterans Mark Geist and John Tiegen.