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Benghazi Heroes Support Trump

John 'Tig' Tiegen and Mark 'Oz' Geist rip Rubio, trust Trump more as commander in chief

Two security contractors who fought to defend the diplomatic compound attacked by terrorists in Libya fired shots Tuesday at one of Sen. Marco Rubio’s supposed strengths — foreign policy and national security experience.

Rubio has sought to differentiate himself from his competitors for the GOP nomination for president by emphasizing his tenure on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Select Committee on Intelligence. But John “Tig” Tiegen and Mark “Oz” Geist, former Marines whose heroism in Benghazi is depicted in the film “13 Hours,” offered a metaphorical yawn. They said on “The Laura Ingraham Show” that they have more trust in front-runner Donald Trump as commander in chief.

“What has (Rubio) done other than sit on a committee?” Geist said. “He’s a career politician, is what it seems like to me. I mean, I don’t know what accomplishments that’s he’s had. Where we have someone like President Trump whose started businesses. He’s negotiated deals, internationally and nationally. He has a mind for business, we know.”

Geist cited Trump’s background as a dealmaker.

“I’m sure he’s negotiated many deals one-on-one, and I doubt that Rubio or (Sen. Ted) Cruz have ever sat down without a passel of lawyers or other aides to help negotiate anything,” he said.

Tiegen said he admires Trump’s frankness and independence.

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“To me, (he is) the candidate that can’t be bought,” Tiegen said. “There’s not going to be big corporations that can buy him out.”

 

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Geist said he and Tiegen came away from a meeting impressed by Trump’s answers to their questions.

“Had I not thought he was being honest and upfront with me, I wouldn’t back him,” he said. “But I think he’s going to take care of ISIS.”

Tiegen said American contractors working to assist foreign governments have grown increasingly frustrated.

“We get harassed by every single freaking government that we deal with,” he said. “A lot of guys are fed up with it. And our government doesn’t do anything to back us up.”

Both men also lambasted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was in office during the Benghazi attack and who is the odds-on favorite to be the Democratic nominee for president.

“Everyone wants to shut it off,” Geist said of information about Benghazi. “No one wants to know what the truth is. They haven’t wanted to know what the truth is since we wrote our book.”

Geist rhetorically elevated Trump to the office he seeks, using the title “president” before his name.

“We may not always like what or how he says things, but President Trump says what people want to hear,” he said. “He’s not going to do the exact same thing that we’ve had for at least the last eight years, if not for however long we’ve had some of these Establishment candidates in.”

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