Protesters stormed the United States embassy in Iraq on Tuesday morning in response to a U.S. airstrike that killed 24 fighters in an Iranian-backed militia.
Though none of the protesters or the fires they started infiltrated the main embassy buildings, they did penetrate the outer level of security before Iraqi security forces could secure the facility. Protesters have vowed to camp outside the embassy indefinitely.
As the situation at the embassy remains urgent, President Donald Trump is spending a twelfth consecutive day at his Mar-a-Lago resort, which he refers to as "the Southern White House."
Very good meeting on the Middle East, the Military, and Trade. Heading back to The Southern White House (Mar-a-Lago… https://t.co/5wJUZ1eoB7— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1577811111.0
The uprising was reminiscent of the 2012 Benghazi attack, in which militants attacked U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
Republicans continue to condemn what they perceived as negligence or even a cover-up from then-President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Among their biggest critics? Donald Trump.
How did Obama go to a Las Vegas fundraiser on 9.12, the day after he refused to send help to Americans in Benghazi?— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1351619398.0
For political purposes only, Obama is planning to hit Libya for the Benghazi embassy attack right before the election?— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1350421916.0
Don't forget Benghazi.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1352831395.0
If anyone had forgotten Benghazi, Trump's hypocrisy on the matter reminded them of it.
Donald Trump used to criticize former President Barack Obama quite a bit for playing golf despite major and minor c… https://t.co/VSqxQxkpZq— S.V. Dáte (@S.V. Dáte) 1577808068.0
As 'Trump's Benghazi' unfolds in Iraq with the U.S. embassy under siege, what is Trump doing? He's golfing, tweeti… https://t.co/8sYvs4exbL— Bill Madden (@Bill Madden) 1577814541.0
Donald Trump is having his very own “Benghazi” in Iraq right now, and instead of acting like a fucking president fo… https://t.co/vHXEtPzBjI— Palmer Report (@Palmer Report) 1577810018.0
The U.S. embassy in Iraq is among the most heavily fortified embassies in the world. Maybe even THE most heavily fo… https://t.co/YK32OkDw92— Russell Drew (@Russell Drew) 1577808456.0
Nor did they forget Republicans' obsession with Benghazi back when Obama was President and Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.
So much so that Benghazi was trending on Twitter calling them out.
Republicans used to call this “Benghazi.” When do the hearings against Trump and his Secretary of State start? https://t.co/FhOaH9Tsnn— Tea Pain (@Tea Pain) 1577804240.0
When the embassy was stormed in Benghazi, it was President Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's fault… https://t.co/UKnp2DDcGN— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@Mrs. Betty Bowers) 1577804657.0
For a party that screeched about Benghazi for the last 7+ years, smearing and investigating everyone, even though n… https://t.co/goga4qkErx— Bob Cesca (@Bob Cesca) 1577815803.0
Kevin McCarthy, Mike Pompeo, Jim Jordan, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio: You were quick to jump down… https://t.co/FmdRn1JtvH— Charles Campisi (@Charles Campisi) 1577816494.0
So, if Trump plays a round of golf while a US embassy is under attack should we expect Republicans to demand 2+yrs… https://t.co/paJwF8Ktzj— LuvMyRaiders 💋❤️ 🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@LuvMyRaiders 💋❤️ 🇺🇸🇬🇧) 1577809386.0
A U.S. embassy is burning and Trump has been playing golf and tweeting about Nancy Pelosi? I don't want to hear a… https://t.co/laXPjfsvTB— Merry Beastmas! (@Merry Beastmas!) 1577815692.0
I'm sure Republicans are just about to call Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to testify about the infiltration of the U.S. embassy in Iraq any minute now...