Eric Trump believes that Americans should be required to watch 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi before voting in November’s election.
The second son of Donald Trump made this observation Thursday morning on Fox News in response to comments made by Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton attacking her GOP rival’s foreign policy views at a rally in New Jersey Wednesday night.
“I think Donald Trump has disqualified himself completely,” she told a Newark crowd. “He has attacked our closest allies. He has said let’s pull out of NATO. He has praised the dictator of North Korea. He’s advocated more countries getting nuclear weapons.”
“He has advocated a return to torture and has said that he wants to ban all Muslims from coming to the United States,” she added. “This is not just divisive rhetoric my friends, this is dangerous.”
After showing those remarks, Fox News’ Martha MacCallum turned to Eric Trump and asked for his thoughts.
“I see that little clip, and I literally cringe. Her foreign policy has literally cost this country trillions of dollars, thousands of lives,” he said.
The businessman then told MacCallum that he and his wife, Lara, had watched 13 Hours over the Memorial Day Weekend. “I think in order to vote in this next election, you should have to watch that movie. I was livid,” he said. “[Clinton] left these guys on a rooftop in the middle of Benghazi getting shot at, having mortars drop on their head because she wouldn’t pick up a phone call in the middle of the night.”
The younger Trump went to to state, “She has done no job for our veterans. She has done a total disservice for the country. Her policy is totally disastrous. My father would be an amazing, amazing commander-in-chief.”
Many believe 13 Hours points the finger at Clinton and the State Department for their failure to adequately respond to the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi and a CIA annex that resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
To the extent the film highlights the lack of security available for the ambassador and his requests for more, the observation is true. As depicted in 13 Hours, the Obama administration had a real-time video feed of the attacks, thanks to a drone flying overhead, yet still chose not to OK military strikes to aide the besieged Americans.
Clinton famously said at a 2013 senate hearing about the Benghazi attacks, “The fact is we have four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?”
Multiple family members of the Benghazi victims stated that Clinton told them two days after the strikes that a video about Islam had spurred them.
The day after the attacks, Clinton emailed the Egyptian prime minister telling him, “We know the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack — not a protest.” The very night of the attack, she wrote her daughter Chelsea and said that an al-Qaeda-like group carried it out.
The film 13 Hours had a solid run at the box office after hitting theaters in January. It will be released nationwide on DVD and Blu Ray on June 7.