John Bolton: Hillary Should be ‘Disqualified’ from Presidential Run

AP Photo/Dennis Cook
AP Photo/Dennis Cook

At the South Carolina Freedom Summit on Saturday, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said that Hillary Clinton was not fit to be president of the United States because she did not take necessary steps to protect Americans in Libya.

On the day that Ambassador Christopher Stevens, along with three other brave Americans, was killed in Benghazi, Bolton said that “not only was nothing done, the response of the administration was to go home. The president left the Oval office in the situation room to go to the residence. Hillary Clinton left the State Department to go home.”

Not once did Clinton call the secretary of defense to see what the status of the embassy was at that time. “She didn’t stay in a way the six secretaries of state that  I worked for would have stayed. They would have stayed there all night to protect our people in danger overseas. Hillary Clinton went home. That act alone disqualifies her from being president of the United States,” Bolton exhorted.

Bolton expressed his anger that, after the entire sordid Benghazi affair, the U.S. government arrested just one of the people responsible and brought them back for a full due process criminal trial.

The ambassador asked, “What lesson does that send to the terrorists all around the world? What lessons does it send to the state sponsors of terrorism all around the world who arm and equip them and finance them? I’ll tell you what it says. It says an American ambassador, who is the personal representative of the president of the United States overseas, can be murdered by a group of terrorists with complete impunity.”

Bolton clarified, “Under Barack Obama, you can kill his personal representative, and he does nothing. That’s the lesson that it sends.”

Bolton added that Clinton will not answer any questions about this other than her last outburst, “’What difference does it make?’ That disqualifies her from being president as well.”

The reason that Clinton sent then Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice to handle all the questions from the media was because she didn’t want to go out and answer the questions herself. She doesn’t want to answer question from South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy’s committee either, he pointed out.

“Her unwillingness to answer these important questions shows how vulnerable she understands herself to be. As we get closer to November 2016, we are never going to let her forget that,” Bolton exclaimed.

Bolton explained that Libya isn’t their only foreign policy failure under Obama and Secretary of State Clinton. He asserted that their treatment of Israel “is describable in one word: despicable… they have completely disregarded Israel’s legitimate fears that an Iran armed with nuclear weapons will be capable of carrying out a nuclear holocaust… their policy undermines our own safety.”


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