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J. Christopher Stevens, Chinook, was the United States Ambassador in Libya who lost his life during an assault on the outpost in Benghazi in September 2012.

Benghazi Ambassador’s Mother Objects to Use of Son’s Name In Campaign

ICTMN Staff
7/25/16

J. Christopher Stevens, Chinook, was the United States Ambassador in Libya who lost his life during an assault on the outpost in Benghazi in September 2012 while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. He should not be, his mother recently pointed out, campaign fodder for Donald Trump and the GOP this election season. Republicans have been trying to blame that attack, and Stevens’ death, on Clinton for many months now.

Mary F. Commanday, Stevens’ mother, wrote a letter to The New York Times on July 22 calling for the disrespectful usage of her son’s name to end.

“I am writing to object to any mention of his name and death in Benghazi, Libya, by Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party,” Commanday’s letter states. “I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that connection.”

The letter comes almost a month after The New Yorker released an interview with Dr. Anne Stevens, Christopher’s sister, in which she stated the family does not blame Clinton for her brother’s death. Anne has served as the family spokesperson since his death.

“I do not blame Hillary Clinton or [former Secretary of Defense] Leon Panetta. They were balancing security efforts at embassies and missions around the world. And their staffs were doing their best to provide what they could with the resources they had. The Benghazi Mission was understaffed. We know that now,” Anne stated in her interview with The New Yorker . “But, again, Chris knew that. It wasn’t a secret to him. He decided to take the risk to go there. It is not something they did to him. It is something he took on himself.”

In June, Trump tweeted suggesting that if anybody wants to know about Clinton’s honesty and judgment they should “ask the family of Ambassador Stevens.”

Commanday is hoping for an immediate and permanent end to the “opportunistic and cynical use by the campaign” of her son’s death.

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