Marine Corps veterans Mark Geist and John Tiegen, who fought in Benghazi as part of a security team posted at the CIA annex near the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, blasted Hillary Clinton over the 2012 attacks and backed Donald Trump as someone who would "lead with integrity."
Geist, Tiegen and other critics of the Benghazi attacks blame the Obama administration for both failing to respond to the escalating security risks in the area to evacuate personnel in the weeks leading up to the ambush, as well as the slow and ineffective military response, which came in waves stretched out over 13 hours.
"Thank you America for showing us the support and dedication that should have been offered by Hillary and her State Department to those who saved their butts," they said to roaring applause.
The attack told the story of both "opportunities taken when we defied stand down orders and opportunities squandered when Hillary Clinton failed to protect her people on the ground."
"Had she done her job, we would not have had to compromise the annex," they said.
"Now we as Americans have the opportunity to elect someone who will make this country safe again ... that someone who will have our backs," they said. "Someone who will bring our guys home. Someone who will lead with strength and integrity. That someone is Donald Trump."
Tiegen co-authored the book "13 Hours," an account of the attacks that later was made into a movie.