VIDEO – Mitt Romney’s attempt to score political points on the tragedy at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the protests in Cairo, was truly disgusting. It is a glaring example of the desperation mode the Romney campaign is in now. Even fellow Republicans have called him out saying, “he’s not ready for prime time”.
When Mitt Romney learned of the developments at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the embassy in Cairo, he immediately pounced to take advantage (he thought) of a political opportunity by issuing a statement with a baseless attack he has been using throughout his campaign: President Obama apologizes for America. This ridiculous stump speech line has been used by Romney repeatedly for over a year.
Tensions in the Arab world were quickly building due to an anti-Islamic video posted to YouTube which originated in the United States, that was then dubbed over in Arabic. In an attempt to ease tensions in Cairo before the demonstrations began, officials inside the embassy released a statement:
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.
But the statement did nothing to quell the outrage and a mob eventually formed outside the embassy in Cairo and the consulate in Libya. Mitt Romney quickly looked to capitalize on the situation, blaming the Obama Administration for the embassy’s statement. He said it was “disgraceful” that the Obama administration’s first instinct in the Cairo episode had been to sympathize with the mob that attacked the embassy.
Reacting quickly to score politically before the details of the tragedy in Benghazi were in, Romney was exposed as a foreign policy lightweight who is not ready to be president, as he was during his trip to Europe and Israel over the summer .
Later that night, it was learned that the American ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff were killed in an attack in Benghazi. Instead of retracting his earlier blunder, Romney doubled down in the morning at a press conference in Florida saying, “the first response of the United States must be outrage at the breach of the sovereignty of our nation, and apology for American values is never the right course,” still pretending that the embassy’s statement had been issued after the protesters attacked the embassy. Romney’s claim that this was a reactive statement to the breach of the embassy is easily proven false by simply looking at the timeline of events.
Mitt Romney has proven time and time again that he has no idea how to handle himself on the world stage. He could not even handle a trip to the London Olympics without insulting the entire country, our greatest ally in Europe. After that debacle, one would think the Romney campaign would be more careful. But desperate times call for desperate measures and Mitt Romney attempted to revive his faltering run for president with an inappropriate and deplorable cheap shot at the President. Even his supporters are now scratching their heads in disbelief.