Throughout the last week, there has been seemingly endless criticism of the White House for allegedly not calling the Benghazi attack a "terrorist act" until weeks after the attack took place. The general theme that follows this criticism is that this is further 'proof' that the President is "soft on terror" and "sympathizes with terrorists".
On multiple occasions in the media, it has been pointed out to those making the claim that the criticism is based on a false allegation. The reality is that both President Obama and Hilary Clinton called it an "act of terror" on September 12th, the day after the attacks, in their very first official comments about the attack.
In unbelievable fashion though, Mitt Romney made the same mistake during the second Presidential debate - he tried to claim that the President didn't call the attack an act of terror until 14 days after the attack. Not only was he called on it by President Obama... but was even called on it by the moderator of the debate. For the record, YES, the President labeled the act an "act of terror" in his first statement on September 12th:
As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it. Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.
No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.
That's really all that needs to be said. Yes, Mitt Romney tried to float the same argument that has been routinely debunked on many an internet forum when floated..... what that means about Mr. Romney is up to you to decide.