VIDEO – Mitt Romney is exploiting a Navy SEAL, who died from the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, for political gain despite the pleas of the soldier’s mother for him to stop. Romney actually compared Doherty’s acts of bravery to himself running for president.
Mitt Romney is shamelessly using Navy SEAL Glen Doherty’s tragic death in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya for political gain. He is repeating a story in his stump speeches about how Doherty, whom he once met at a Christmas party, was not at the embassy when the attacks first happened but went there to defend it after he heard of the attacks. Glen Doherty died defending that United States embassy.
Romney is actually comparing the bravery of Doherty’s act to himself running for president. Yes, that is true. Just take that in for a minute. Romney, who was of eligible age to serve in the Vietnam War and did everything he could to dodge the draft, is trying to compare himself to this brave American soldier.
Mitt Romney received his first deferment from the Vietnam draft for “activity in study” in October 1965 while at Stanford. At Stanford, Romney expressed his support for U.S. involvement in the war, but never volunteered to serve. Romney then dodged the Vietnam draft by qualifying for 4-D deferment status as “a minister of religion or divinity student”. From July 1966 until February 1969, while tens of thousands of American men were fighting and dying in the war he “supported”, Mitt Romney was bicycling around France trying to convert people to his Mormon religion.
The following is what Mitt Romney has the audacity to say in his stump speeches. He even pretends to get emotional as he says it. After describing the brave actions of Navy SEAL Glen Doherty and his colleagues, Romney says this:
“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.”
Wow. A man who was hiding in France from the Vietnam War is comparing himself to the Navy SEAL who died defending the U.S. embassy. Add that to his tough talk about starting wars with Iran and Syria, and it is clear that Mitt Romney has no regard for the men and women in the U.S. military other than to use them as pawns in his political game.
Glen Doherty’s mother asked Mitt Romney to stop using the story about her dead son after he used it in a speech in Iowa on Tuesday:
“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,” said Barbara Doherty to Boston’s local NBC affiliate WHDH.
The station also reached out to Romney’s campaign for comment, reporting that “there was no response from the Romney camp.” But Romney used the same story again the next day in Ohio.
In the speeches, Romney recounts how they chatted for awhile and discussed skiing and their home state of Massachushetts. But, in an interview with Seattle radio station KIRO, Elf Ellefsen, a good friend of Glen Doherty for over 20 years, revealed what his friend told him about meeting Romney at that Christmas party:
“I think the ultimate count by the end of the night was four times. Romney actually approached him, using this private gathering as basically a political venture to further his image. And Glen just believed it to be very insincere and stale…
You know he said it was pathetic and comical to have the same person come up to you within only, you know, a half hour, reintroduce himself to you, having absolutely no idea whatsoever that he just did this 20 minutes ago and did not even recognize Glen’s face…
Whether it be Republican, Democrat, Green Party, Libertarian, it doesn’t make a difference. This guy is using our great friend. Our humble and honorable great friend that we know is just a regular guy who is truly larger than life. He has become an actual part of the soap box routine for politics in a presidential race.
I think Glen would feel more than anything almost embarrassed for Romney. I think he would feel pity for him.”