by Ray Downs
St. Louis County's Democratic State Representative Stacey Newman made a joke about Benghazi. It hasn't gone over too well.
Newman went on Twitter Tuesday night and joked about an issue that has been a staple of Republican concerns since September 2012, when four Americans were killed in the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, in what has since been determined as an intelligence failure. Since the tragic event partisan politics have raged, with Republicans accusing the Obama administration of covering up the details of the event, and Democrats accusing Republicans and conservative media outlets of exploiting a tragic accident for political gain.
And now, here's Newman's tweet:
Thinking of saying "Benghazi" while debating tomorrow on the House floor. Just to see what happens. #moleg— Rep. Stacey Newman (@staceynewman) May 7, 2014
The reaction was fast and furious.
@staceynewman Because four dead Americans is a punchline.— Razor (@hale_razor) May 7, 2014
And of course, Missouri's own Dana Loesch chimed in.
Ever talk to parents of the men lost in Benghazi, Rep @staceynewman ? I have. I think they'd take offense at you joking about their sons.— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 7, 2014
Many more can be seen here.
Newman tells Daily RFT that her tweet was just an off-hand comment in response to the extremely partisan ways in the state's capitol, but she meant no harm.
"It was a very frustrating day in the legislature -- and that's not an excuse -- but I just tried to put some levity into things and referenced one of the hot-button words that are used in the legislature," she says. "But I had no intention to incite or inflame, and I apologize if it came across that way."
Tuesday was an intense day for Missouri politics, and Newman's earlier tweets that day reflected her frustration as she tweeted about several issues, including school budget cuts, abortion rights and the economy.
Today. Cutting Billions from state revenue (schools!), hurting city prosecutors re gun crimes & shaming/insulting pregnant women. #moleg— Rep. Stacey Newman (@staceynewman) May 7, 2014
No doubt Newman was joking about what has been seen as an exaggerated reaction to the Benghazi incident by the conservative right. And comedians have been joking about this for quite a while, mostly by making fun of the apparent hypocrisy involving the right's current outrage over an alleged cover-up during the Obama administration that killed four Americans versus the right's lack of outrage over the cover-up during the George W. Bush administration that killed more than 4,000 Americans and nearly 200,000 Iraqis.
Examples of that comedic criticism can be seen on the next page...
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