Patricia Smith just wants answers — but that is apparently too much for Andrea Mitchell to understand.
In an emotional interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday, Smith, the mother of Sean Smith – one of the four Americans killed in the Benghazi consulate attack – showed her frustration and outrage over Hillary Clinton’s refusal to provide congress with an explanation.
“Hillary didn’t answer the questions. I am still waiting,” she told Mitchell, adding that the recent Benghazi committee hearings failed to get any satisfactory explanations from the former secretary of state on the State Department’s failure to protect the four Americans killed in the attacks.
“If the Ambassador cabled that he needed more people, more security, this cable according to Hillary — it did not reach her. Who did it reach and what was done so that my son wouldn’t be murdered like he was? This has never been answered,” Smith said.
Mitchell decided to counter Smith’s emotional plea for answers with an apparent defense of Clinton, showing an excerpt from the hearing in which Clinton claimed there was never a recommendation to close Benghazi.
Smith, clearly on the verge of tears, began to direct her frustration at Mitchell after the MSNBC host tried again to excuse the lack of security at the U.S. consulate by pointing out that the closest military assistance was “hours and hours away.”
“They sacrificed him. Just like they sacrificed the Ambassador and the two other guys who got murdered, because nobody sent help,” Smith said. “I want to know why. Why wasn’t there any help?”
As Mitchell tried to draw the interview to a close, Smith erupted at Mitchell with an emotional closing statement.
“You can’t understand! You just can’t understand! My only child was murdered and nobody will tell me why!” she shouted, through tears. “He was the only thing that was going to help me when I got old. Now I’m old, and who’s going to help me? He’s not around, and my government won’t talk to me!”
“I am so sorry for your loss,” Mitchell said, before ending the interview.