After playing a clip of Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) who criticized the administration for their response to the attack on the Benghazi consulate, Rivera called on all those advancing unfounded criticism of the administration.
“This is preposterous this notion that the Pentagon was monitoring this in real time,” Rivera said.
“No, the State Department was monitoring in real time,” Steve Doocy shot back.
“These drones did not get overhead until two hours after the attack began,” Rivera countered. “People, stop. Stop this right now with this whole notion of live TV, and why didn’t we respond. It is not what happened.”
“I think we have to stop this politicizing,” Rivera added. “We’re getting away from the real issue which is why wasn’t there security before this happened. But these preposterous allegations – reckless allegations that paint a picture of some fat bureaucrat watching TV – I think that’s really beyond the pale.”
Brian Kilmeade said that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told him that there are tools that the military could use in this situation to clear out an area under siege. Rivera replied that there was chaos and smoke and it would have been impossible to get an accurate view of events on the ground as that attack was ongoing.
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