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 Stockman (R-Texas) was the first to make the comparison.
Obama sent more protection to the World War II Memorial than he sent to Benghazi.— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) October 2, 2013
Sen. Rand Paul (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.