Laura Ingraham demonstrated Thursday night that — even as new stories emerge and the public shifts its attention elsewhere — Benghazi will never drift too far from the conservative orbit.
Pinch-hitting for Bill O’Reilly on Fox News, Ingraham kicked off the show with a commentary on the kidnapping of more than 300 Nigerian schoolgirls. Ingraham first joined the parade of conservatives condemning Hillary Clinton and the State Department for failing to designate Boko Haram, the group behind the kidnapping, as a terrorist organization.
At that point, Ingraham was only a few degrees separated from the 2012 attack on the American consulate. She got there after showing a clip of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) calling on the U.S. to use “all resources” to bring Boko Haram to justice.
Strong words indeed, she said, but where was that powerful drumbeat for justice against those who slaughtered American citizens in Benghazi? Have they ever demanded that we ‘use all resources’ to get to the bottom of what happened that night? We don’t even have one person in custody for those murders, she noted. And let’s not forget, the FBI didn’t even arrive at the Benghazi compound for three and a half weeks after the attack.
Ingraham’s criticism was basically a continuation of a right-wing meme that parodied Michelle Obama’s contribution to the hashtag campaign #BringBackOurGirls, designed to raise awareness of the mass kidnapping.
Scores of conservative Twitter users photoshopped the first lady’s original photo, replacing the hashtag with messages about Benghazi.
— Melanie (@MsMelanie) May 9, 2014
Others called hypocrisy on Obama.
— Garrett Powell (@CumminsInYa) May 9, 2014