Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's much anticipated Senate testimony did not put an end to her critics' claims that she is avoiding answering to Congress about the attack on Benghazi, Libya. Now, a new theory on the right has emerged that Clinton became emotional to dodge difficult questions.
In her opening remarks to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton choked up while talking about how four Americans were killed in a Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. At one point in the hearing, she had a a heated exchange with Sen. Ron Johnson, R-WI, where she said, "What difference does it make?" about his claims that the Obama administration initially misled the American public saying the attack stemmed from a protest over an anti-muslim movie. The administration later called it a terrorist attack.
"I'm not sure she had rehearsed for that type of question," Johnson said to Buzzfeed. "I think she just decided before she was going to describe emotionally the four dead Americans, the heroes, and use that as her trump card to get out of the questions. It was a good way of getting out of really having to respond to me."
Conservative talk show hosts took aim at her showing of emotion, claiming it was planned, as if she had studied method acting in her spare time. Rush Limbaugh called it "part of the script." Fox News host Sean Hannity said the Johnson exchange was evidence of Clinton's plan, even theorizing that it was probably staged by James Carville, the political strategist for former President Bill Clinton. "This anger, this outrage, I can tell you was not spontaneous," Hannity said.
Before Wednesday's hearing, critics had claimed Clinton faked an illness, which they called the "Benghazi flu," a concussion and a blood clot to avoid testifying.