Hillary Clinton wants you to stop yelling - VIDEO
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • October 24, 2013 @ 10:26am
As The Buffalo News’ Jerry Zremski indicated on Wednesday before Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke as part of the University at Buffalo’s Distinguished Speakers Series, no one knew what the possible presidential candidate would say, primarily because she hadn’t exposed herself to media and an open forum in many of her recent public appearances.
What Clinton probably wasn’t expecting, though, was an interruption from an attendee of her Alumni Arena speech, as a man stood up from the second level of seating and rained down repeatedly, “Benghazi! You let them die!”
The heckler drew attention to the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012, where four American diplomats were killed in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton, the outgoing U.S. Secretary of State, was criticized for not addressing repeated calls for heightened security surrounding members of the U.S. government in Libya.
Several U.S. senators were not thrilled with how Clinton handled the Benghazi attacks, and the former First Lady has faced considerable scrutiny as a result.
Thinking on her feet, Clinton responded by tying the heckler’s shouts into the message of her speech—which centered on reducing partisanship and fostering greater cooperation between political parties—saying:
“We have to be willing to come together as citizens to focus on the kind of future we want, which doesn’t include yelling—it includes sitting down and talking.”
Clinton’s response was met with applause from the UB crowd, and the heckler was escorted out of the arena.