U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens wasn’t murdered the night of the Benghazi attacks but died of “smoke inhalation,” according to Daily Beast columnist Eleanor Clift.

Clift made that pronouncement — and a few other eye-popping claims — on Sunday’s The McLaughlin Group, Mediaite noted.

Clift forgets the other two fingers, but they're air quotes all the same. (Image source: YouTube via The McLaughlin Group)

Clift forgets the other two fingers, but they’re air quotes all the same. (Image source: YouTube via The McLaughlin Group)

“I would like to point out that Ambassador Stevens was not ‘murdered,’” Clift exclaimed (even adding air quotes for good measure), “he died of smoke inhalation in a safe room in that CIA installation.”

Fellow panelists quickly took issue with her statements, including Pat Buchanan, who fired back: “It was a terrorist attack, Eleanor. He was murdered in a terrorist attack.”

Clift dug in her heels, further insisting that Benghazi was an “opportunistic terrorist attack” with an anti-Muslim video as its catalyst. In addition, she noted earlier that the Benghazi issue “animates the right-wing of the Republican party.”

“It’s still a CIA [outpost],” Clift added. “And if you’re going to put people on trial, we should put David Petraeus on trial, not Hillary Clinton.”

Watch her treatise unfold for yourself:

(H/T: Weasel Zippers)