Rep. Elijah Cummings claims that ‘Death is a part of life’ during Benghazi hearings

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, May 8, 2013

During the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearings on Benghazi Wednesday morning, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the committee’s ranking member, said some not-so-comforting words to those testifying before the committee about the terrorist attacks that killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans last September 11.

“As I listen to your testimony I could not help but think about something that I said very recently – about two years ago now – in an eulogy for a relative,” Cummings said in response to the testimony provided by Gregory Hicks, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time of the attack.

“I said that death is a part of life, but so often we have to find the way to make life a part of death,” he continued. “I guess the reason that I’m saying that, I want to go back to something Mr. Nordstrom said, when he was…umm…he said that he wanted to make sure that….and all of you have said it pretty much…you want to make sure we learn from this, so that…umm…your comrades and our four members of the diplomatic core who sadly passed away…so that this never happens again. And I appreciate it, I know this was difficult, I know this is…we all feel your pain.”

Conservatives have already taken to Twitter to blast Cummings for his ill-phrased sentiments, including this collection of tweets on the website Twitchy.


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