In what is becoming typical Donald Trump bravado, the provocateur is upping the ante on Hillary Clinton’s bid for president of the United States. The Desmoines Register reported Friday that Trump has rented out a movie theater at Urbandale, Iowa, and is giving away free tickets to the new film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.
“Mr. Trump would like all Americans to know the truth about what happened at Benghazi,” said Trump’s Iowa campaign organizer Tana Goertz. The film, which does not directly mention President Obama or Hillary Clinton, is based on the actual events that took place in Benghazi, Libya when Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and two former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty were killed by terrorists on September 11, 2012.
Both the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State at the time, propagated the notion that an anti-Islam film produced in the U.S. was the cause for the attacks. It has also been reported that this was the reason given to the victims’ families. On May 8th, 2013, Clinton testified about Benghazi, “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?” Many Americans are outraged that the Obama administration sent Susan Rice to the media in the days that followed Benghazi to purport that the attack was a spontaneous demonstration and not a coordinated attack on Americans on the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
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Apparently, to the families of the deceased, the CIA operatives who witnessed the attacks and responded, conservative politicians, lawmakers on the Benghazi committee, and many Americans, it makes a lot of difference. It also seems to make a difference to Trump who is willing to pay for Iowans to further understand the backstory of Benghazi.