For two political action committees trying to make sure Hillary Clinton isn't elected president, the release of "13 Hours" is a gift from Hollywood.
The feature film, directed by Michael Bay, goes inside the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the Benghazi consulate in Libya — a key moment in Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.
The movie hits theaters today — just over two weeks ahead of the Iowa caucuses.
"The release of '13 Hours' will re-start the conversation over Benghazi and introduce a whole new audience to the events of that night," said Brian O. Walsh, president of Future45, a super PAC funded by top Republican donors. “Coming just weeks before the first votes are cast and in the form of a major motion picture from Hollywood, the timing couldn’t be worse for Secretary Clinton.”
Future45 held a screening of the movie in Washington Friday, along with America Rising PAC, which does opposition research on Democratic candidates, particularly Clinton.
Before the screening, Walsh told attendees that the events in "13 Hours" have become a part of the U.S. political discourse because of the decision-makers involved — particularly Clinton, who isn't shown in the film. It's "laughable" for Clinton to suggest that she isn't responsible for what happened to the Americans in Libya, he added: "At some point the buck stops at your desk."
Colin Reed, executive director of America Rising PAC, said that the deteriorating conditions, increased terrorist activity, ignored requests for more security and lack of resources and personnel are "breakdowns" that happened on Clinton's watch.
"Hillary Clinton isn't even in this movie," Reed said before the screening. "They don't even mention her name. But one of the things that's on display throughout this movie is the consequences of her failed leadership."