A chief Republican official said Hillary Clinton’s handling of Benghazi “disqualified” her from running for president.
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, harshly criticized Clinton on Sunday, saying that the presumed 2016 Democratic frontrunner should not even run for office because of her role in the death of four Americans in Libya.
Priebus laid out a broad critique of Clinton’s entire political tenure, saying she has done nothing to justify her position as a viable presidential candidate.
“She gets an ‘F’ as secretary of State,” he said. “Go to her Senate days, what’s there? I don’t know.”
Priebus also said he refused to believe that Clinton was serious about running for president. She is publishing a new book detailing her time as President Obama’s secretary State, “Hard Choices,” which many are interpreting as a precursor to her presidential run. But Priebus suggested there could be other motives at play.
“All of this talk helps her make money…don’t be confused by her pursuit of money with her pursuit of running for president,” he said.
In her book, Clinton accuses Republicans of politicizing the Benghazi attacks. The House GOP has just established a new select committee devoted specifically to further dissecting those attacks.
But Priebus insisted that if anyone is playing politics on the matter, it is Clinton.
“She continues to play politics. Hillary Clinton is politics 24-7 and this is no different,” he said. “This is not going to end. We are going to continue to pursue this.”
Democrats fired back at Priebus for his remarks, saying he sounded like a “conspiracy theorist.”
"The Obama Administration and Democrats are focused on making sure a tragedy like what happened in Benghazi never happens again,” said Michael Czin, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee. “Republicans are obsessed with playing politics with that tragedy just to rally their far-right base."
This post updated at 10:51 am.