Hillary Speaks by Remote Satellite to Dodge Protest by Benghazi Mom

“Hillary cannot be president,” she said. “Anybody but Hillary. She lied to me to my face.”


Hillary's profiles in courage continues as she avoided a protest by the mother of one of her victims, canceling a personal appearance and instead appearing remotely by satellite.

A crowd of sign-wielding protesters gathered Friday morning outside the San Diego Convention Center to voice their discontent with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s handling of the Benghazi crisis.

Among them was Pat Smith, mother of San Diego native Sean Smith, one of the four Americans who died in the highly-publicized 2012 attacks on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. She has been a prominent voice in the ensuing fallout, with Clinton and others in the Obama administration accused of not acting on requests for adequate security at the compound and then covering up the severity of the attacks.

Smith, who sat in a wheelchair Friday, joined about 75 demonstrators as they marched in front of the center while Clinton delivered a speech via satellite at a health care convention.

Smith, a Clairemont resident, told the protesters about the experience of losing her only son. Her voice quavered as she demanded that Clinton give more information about the Benghazi attacks.

“I want everyone to know that if you send people out, they better have backup,” said Smith, 73.

Following her son’s death, Smith said she has developed health issues and now struggles with heart problems and cancer.

In her remarks to the crowd, Smith also condemned any calls for Clinton to run for the 2016 presidency.

“Hillary cannot be president,” she said. “Anybody but Hillary. She lied to me to my face.”