Bill Clinton ambushed by Benghazi protesters in Bluffton

Bill Clinton stumps for Hillary Clinton in Aiken. On Friday the former president was ambushed by two protesters in Bluffton.

Former President Bill Clinton planned to talk about his wife’s qualifications for president Friday in Bluffton, S.C., but protesters had other ideas.

A man who identified himself only as a Marine stood up during the campaign event at Bluffton Recreation Center, and demanded answers about the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

“We had four lives in Benghazi that were killed, and your wife tried to cover it up,” the man said.

The crowd booed, and yelled for him to sit down.

A YouTube video shows the heated exchange.

As the man continued to shout and demand answers from Clinton, the crowd grew louder and yelled back at him to “sit down.”

As the man continued to shout, the crowd grew even louder.

Then, Clinton addressed him directly.

“They heard your speech ... now you listen to me now,” Clinton said, his voice hoarse and scratchy. “... I’m not your commander-in-chief anymore, but if I were, I’d tell you to be more polite and to sit down.”

The crowd cheered.

Before the protester was escorted out by Beaufort County sheriff’s deputies, he shouted back to Clinton, “I wouldn’t listen. I would just raise my voice.”

The Island Packet reports the protester refused to be identified by name.

As the man was escorted out of the room, Clinton addressed the crowd.

“That’s what’s wrong. His mind has been poisoned by lies and he won’t listen,” Clinton said.

Another protester, a woman, also yelled at Clinton.

“Hillary lied over four coffins,” the woman shouted.

She, too, was escorted out of the campaign event.

In October, Hillary Clinton was questioned by Republican members of the Select Committee on Benghazi about the deadly attack.

The hearing lasted more than 11 hours.

Despite the hearing, some members of the public believe Hillary Clinton is lying about what happened.

After the exchange, the Island Packet reports Clinton continued to stump for his wife.

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Caitlin Byrd is a political reporter at The Post and Courier and author of the Palmetto Politics newsletter. Before moving to Charleston in 2016, her byline appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times. To date, Byrd has won 17 awards for her work.