Republicans lashed out over Twitter on Wednesday at the closing of the World War II Memorial, saying President Obama was doing a better job of guarding it than he did the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

Rep. Steve StockmanSteve StockmanCornyn to run for reelection in 2020 Former congressman indicted on conspiracy charges Ex-GOP rep blames arrest on 'deep state' conspiracy MORE (R-Texas) was the first to make the comparison.


Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHouse bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Authorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient GOP feuds with outside group over analysis of tax framework MORE (R-Ky.) followed.


The National Park Service opened the World War II Memorial Wednesday to visiting veterans after the site became a flashpoint of controversy.

A busload of veterans arrived early on Tuesday to visit the memorial, but it had already been barricaded because of the government shutdown. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle rushed to the site to score political points off the optics of veterans being barred from visiting their memorial.

Paul has been a vocal critic of the administration’s handling of the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.