After Sen. John McCain laid into Hillary Clinton and the State Department for their inexcusable mishandling of the Benghazi situation, Piers Morgan tried to deflect most of the blame to Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in the attack and who Morgan argued “should have done more to react to direct warnings.”
Morgan: When you actually get into the weeds of this pretty lengthy report, it also is very clear that one of the people who may be most to blame for not reacting to the threat and for increasing security despite being urged to repeatedly was the ambassador himself. And obviously you don't want to speak ill of a man who was killed in such appalling circumstances, but is it fair to also say that he as the ambassador should have done more to react to direct warnings that he was given on numerous occasions?
McCain rejected Morgan's attempt at redirection, emphasizing Stevens’ repeated request for more help and his choice to only turn down “uniform military.”
McCain: Well, I think it's important to point out that he had asked for additional assistance. What he turned down was additional military assistance. But he certainly sounded a number of warnings about the deteriorating situation, including ten terrorist organizations, outfits, that were right there in Benghazi. So I think that Christopher Stevens, Chris was very aware of the threat. He did make the State Department aware of that. And the only time he really turned down help was when it was uniform military assistance that was offered.