Howard Dean: Benghazi Controversy ‘Silly’ and a ‘Laughable Joke’

Bloodstains at the main gate believed to be from one of the American staff members of the U.S. Consulate, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. (AP)

On CNBC’s “Kudlow Report” with Larry Kudlow, former Democratic presidential candidate and DNC chairman Howard Dean called controversy over Benghazi “silly” and a “laughable joke.”

Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, were murdered in the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi.  Since then, there has been an exhaustive effort underway to determine what exactly happened, though many questions — including where President Obama was throughout the hours-long attack — remain unanswered.

“This is about issues that are important to the American people,” Sean Spicer, the communications director of the Republican National Committee, said.  “Benghazi isn’t about scoring political points, it’s about making sure we do right by our foreign policy.  The IRS is about making sure that we don’t target American citizens…”

But Spicer had to stop talking because of Dean’s interruptions.

“Benghazi is a laughable joke,” Dean declared, repeating the statement once more for emphasis.

“With all due respect, governor, when four Americans die serving this country, that’s not a joke, sir.  That’s not a joke,” Spicer calmly replied.

“Oh stop it,” Dean retorted.  “The blaming the president for that is a ridiculous joke, the American people — you’ve been beating on this for a year.  I don’t understand why you don’t give up on it…!”

After the two argued a bit, Dean added: “There are no serious questions being asked about Benghazi, none…It’s totally made up nonsense.  It’s totally clear what happened in Benghazi.  It’s ridiculous.”

Watch the entire interview via CNBC, below:

(H/T: National Review)