Rep. Stacey Newman Jokes About "Benghazi" and People are Really Mad

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Rep. Stacey Newman
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:

The reaction was fast and furious.

And of course, Missouri's own Dana Loesch chimed in.

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.

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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Benghazi is not a joke and should have been investigated many months ago.  We lost 4 Americans and we were lied to and no one arrested or made responsible. This is not a witch hunt on Democrats and we have the bodies to prove it.  After the investigations and come to the truth and someone is held accountable only then we can and should put it to rest.


Correction to my below comment-  **3 of the 5 living presidents.


You know there are a lot of us out here that were vehemently opposed to Bush and the crap he got away with.  If I had my way he along with 3 of the 4 living presidents would be in jail and I am not kidding about that.  I am tired of excusing the bahavior of the sitting administration because the past administrations got away with too much.  That's the point. That's the whole problem.  Our governemt is corrupt, both parties from top to bottom.  Those people don't care about us except when they want our vote or need more money..

That's why the Tea party came to be.  Because people figured out that the Republican party were no longer representing what the people want.  They sold us out.  That is also why both Democrats and Republicans hate them and do their level best to bash, demoralize and paint them out to be anarchists and terrorists.  They don't want the rest of the country waking up to the realization that government is the problem-they are the problem.  They spent us into oblivion, got us into all these wars we should not have been in, lied to us, are screwing us, taxing us to death and lie, lie, lie, 

Supporting what is going on today because of past sins is just making everything worse.  I don't know what it's going to take for all Americans to wake up and get rid of these people and I do mean all of them.  I don't trust a single person sitting in Washington today.

Bill Streeter
Bill Streeter

She didn't make a joke about Benghazi, she make a joke about how the GOP made a joke out of Benghazi. Big difference!

bill.streeter topcommenter

The anger is misplaced, she didn't make Benghazi into a joke. The Republicans did. 


Newman is a vile pig like every other white liberal.  

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

because americans getting killed in a terrorist attack is a real knee-slapper.


Considering that the right wing extremists have beaten this manufactured scandal to death already, its IS a joke.


@karlhungus  If you spend less than 30 hours a week watching Fox News, you will be a happier person. Guaranteed.

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