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GOP Chair’s Shocking Anti-Obama Tweet on Libyan Consulate Attack

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By Distriction on September 12, 2012

This post also appeared on our DC/politics site Distriction.

Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, was killed along with three other Americans in a brazen attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday night. At a time when almost every American was directing their thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims, Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus had other ideas.

That’s about as sick and disgusting a tweet as you’ll see in politics.

Priebus’ tweet references this since-retracted statement from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday: “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”

But Priebus also knew that the Obama administration distanced itself from that very statement. They said it was not approved by Obama State Department and “doesn’t reflect the views of the U.S. government.”

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney also wasted to no time in calling Obama’s handling of the attack “disgraceful.”

Romney was then caught smirking as he left the podium on Wednesday after trying to score cheap political points on the back of a national tragedy, something about which even Republicans are unhappy.

Charles Dharapak / AP

Click here for more on Stevens and the attack in Benghazi.

“My name is Chris Stevens, and I’m the new U.S. Ambassador to Libya. I had the honor to serve as the U.S. envoy to the Libyan opposition, and I was thrilled to watch the Libyan people stand up and demand their rights. Now I’m excited to return to Libya to continue the great work we’ve started, building a solid partnership between the United States and Libya to help YOU, the Libyan people, achieve your goals.” –Stevens, May 2012

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