When John McCain peddled his Benghazi cover up conspiracy theory on Meet the Press, things didn’t go as he expected. Even his old friend David Gregory will no longer stand confidently on the rickety timber of McCain’s bitterness.
Gregory pushed back, demanding facts and specifics, “I’m asking you, a cover up of what?” This led to John McCain exploding in an ad hominem attack accusing Gregory of not caring that four Americans died, as if there were no middle ground between believing John McCain in spite of the evidence and caring about the deaths of Americans.
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Transcript from Meet The Press:
JOHN MCCAIN: So there are many, many questions. And we have had– a massive cover-up on the part of–
DAVID GREGORY:But a massive cover-up of what?
DAVID GREGORY:–I mean, Susan Ri– wait a minute–
DAVID GREGORY:Susan Rice said there was a lot of–
JOHN MCCAIN: Do you care–
JOHN MCCAIN: Do you care–
DAVID GREGORY: I’m asking you–
JOHN MCCAIN: Do you care to–
DAVID GREGORY:–what is the Republican way–
JOHN MCCAIN: I’m asking you, do you care– I– I’m– I’m asking you, do you care whether four Americans died? Or do you– the reasons for that? And– and shouldn’t pe– people be held accountable for the fact that four Americans died–
DAVID GREGORY: Well, what you said was the cover-up–
DAVID GREGORY: A cover-up of what?
JOHN MCCAIN: Of the information– concerning the deaths of four brave Americans. The information has not been forthcoming. You can obviously believe that it has. I know that it hasn’t. And I’ll be glad to send you a list of the questions that have not been answered, including what did the president do and who did he talk to the night of the attack on Benghazi?
And why was it? Why was it that we– that the f– the people who were evacuated from the– from the consulate the next day were not interviewed the next day. And then they would’ve known that it was not a spontaneous demonstration. Why did the president for two weeks, for two weeks during the heat of the campaign continue to say he didn’t know whether it was a terrorist attack or not?
When John McCain has lost even David Gregory, it might be time for him to reboot. The Arizona Senator seems unable to get over his 2008 bitterness, and is wallowing in self-pitying rage that he still expects the media to buy sans any proof. The press has been McCain’s “base” for so long that being assertively questioned by them and asked to provide specifics must have been shocking. McCain didn’t come prepared with details or facts, because for years he hasn’t needed either.
McCain peddled his conpsiracy as far as he could, even managing to continue long after he embarrassed himself by sqwaking about how he needed more information while skipping a briefing on Benghazi. Only John McCain seems to be unable to get over his dashed hopes of a conspiracy cover up when faced with facts. Even the Hillary Clinton Benghazi hearing schooling failed to awaken the Senator to reality.
We witnessed history today as David Gregory pushed back against John McCain’s Benghazi conspiracy theory. Republicans have taken the crazy so far that even David Gregory refuses to carry their Benghazi conspiracy water.
Meanwhile, because of John McCain’s irrational grudges against Chuck Hagel and Barack Obama, the once proud Country First presidential candidate has left the nation without a sitting Secretary of Defense during a time of war.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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