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Camille Paglia: Hillary Clinton ‘disqualified herself’ from presidency with Benghazi spin

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Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should have resigned after the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, according to feminist author Camille Paglia, who believes that Clinton “disqualified herself [from] the presidency” during her congressional testimony on the assault.

“I for one think it was a very big deal that our ambassador was murdered in Benghazi,” Paglia told Salon. “In saying ‘I take responsibility’ for it as secretary of state, Hillary should have resigned immediately. The weak response by the Obama administration to that tragedy has given a huge opening to Republicans in the next presidential election. The impression has been amply given that Benghazi was treated as a public relations matter to massage rather than as the major and outrageous attack on the U.S. that it was.”

That puts Paglia in agreement with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who told Clinton he would have fired her over her handling of Benghazi. “Had I been president at the time and I found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi, you did not read the cables from Ambassador Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post,” Paul said on Jan. 23, 2013, when Clinton testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “Not to know of the requests for security, really, I think cost these people their lives. Their lives could have been saved.”

Clinton’s exchange with Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., about when she knew that the Benghazi attack was a premeditated assault by terrorists should be fatal to her presidential ambitions, Paglia suggested.

“As far as I’m concerned, Hillary disqualified herself for the presidency in that fist-pounding moment at a congressional hearing when she said, ‘What difference does it make what we knew and when we knew it, Senator?’” Paglia told Salon. “Democrats have got to shake off the Clinton albatross and find new blood.”

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