Hillary Clinton slipped up at her town hall Monday night in Ohio, claiming that “we didn’t lose a single person” in Libya while she was secretary of state.
As the Weekly Standard pointed out, Clinton appeared to have forgotten about the terrorist attack in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, which left four Americans dead.
The Obama administration’s incursion into Libya while Clinton served remains one of the White House’s most controversial foreign policy decisions, and Clinton defended it and said the U.S. needed to continue supporting the Libyan people.
“Otherwise, you see what’s happened in Syria with the consequences of millions of people flooding out of Syria … Yes, Libya was a different kind of calculation, and we didn’t lose a single person,” Clinton said on MSNBC. “We didn’t have a problem in supporting our European and Arab allies in working with NATO.”
The Benghazi attack has plagued Clinton ever since, with multiple congressional investigations into her conduct regarding the consulate’s security and what she said in the aftermath of the attack.
Emails from Clinton’s own server showed that she knew immediately the attack was not a result of a spontaneous reaction to a controversial YouTube video, as she claimed in the initial days following the attack.