(CNSNews.com) – Speaking at a Capitol Hill news conference on Nov. 16, 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 criticize a diplomat about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the death 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 on Sept. 16, when she went on national television and repeatedly said the incident was a spontaneous event sparked by an anti-Muslim video on YouTube.
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.) – were not 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,” Fudge said. “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 nowhere,’” 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 indicated they might oppose Ambassador Rice if she is nominated by President Barack Obama to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.