(CNSNews.com) – Speaking at a Capitol Hill news conference on Nov. 17, the newly elected chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus said critics of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice should “look in the mirror and hate yourself” rather than blame a diplomat for the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.
“Susan Rice’s comments didn’t send us to Iraq and Afghanistan,” Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said in reference to Rice’s public comments following the attack placing blame on an anti-Islamic video.
Fudge said people who spoke in favor of sending U.S. troops into Iraq – including Rice’s most outspoken critics, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) – weren’t criticized for their remarks at the time.
“And I would say to you that these people really don’t understand what it is we do here,” Fudge said. “We’re here to represent the people of the United States.
“To move this country forward, not to tear down,” she added. “We’re not here to make life difficult for people who work hard every day to do the job that this country has entrusted them to do.
“So for you who are haters, as the young people say, ‘Your hate is going no where,’” Fudge said. “Just go on and hate on, but look in the mirror and hate yourself, not the people who do this work.”
Both McCain and Graham have said they would oppose Rice if President Barack Obama nominates her to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of State.