Benghazi victim's mother calls on Trump to stop invoking son's death
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The mother of the U.S. ambassador killed in the 2012 Benghazi attacks called on Republicans to stop invoking her son on Friday, blasting their references to his death as “opportunistic and cynical.”


“As Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s mother, I am writing to object to any mention of his name and death in Benghazi, Libya, by Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE’s campaign and the Republican Party,” Mary F. Commanday wrote in a letter to the editor published in The New York Times on Friday.

“I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that connection,” she continued. “I hope that there will be an immediate and permanent stop to this opportunistic and cynical use by the campaign.”

The GOP made the attacks one of the major themes of its national convention last week, pointing to the tragedy as evidence against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump Republicans plot comeback in New Jersey MORE's presidential campaign. Clinton was secretary of State at the time.

Another victim’s mother, Patricia Smith, spoke before the crowd of Republican delegates last Monday, saying she blamed the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee for the death of her son, Sean Smith.