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Ambassador Stevens' Mom Asks GOP, Trump to Stop Using His Death for Political Attacks

Christopher Stevens was among four Americans killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012

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    In this file photo, House Benghazi Committee Chairman, Trey Gowdy (R-SC), participates in a news conference with fellow Committee Republicans after the release of the Committee's Benghazi report on Capitol Hill June 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. The mother of the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens has called for an “immediate and permanent stop” to the use of her son’s name by GOP leaders and Donald Trump in his presidential campaign, calling the practice “opportunistic and cynical.”

    The mother of the U.S. ambassador killed in the 2012 attack in Benghazi has asked that Donald Trump and the Republican Party to stop the "opportunistic and cynical" use of her son's name and death.

    "As Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens's mother, I am writing to object to any mention of his name and death in Benghazi, Libya, by Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican Party," Stevens' mother, Mary Commanday, wrote in a letter published in The New York Times online Saturday.

    Trump, in a speech accepting his party's nomination Thursday, referred to the four victims of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, who he claimed were "left helpless to die at the hands of savage killers" by Clinton, who was Secretary of State at the time, NBC News reported. 

    "I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that connection. I hope that there will be an immediate and permanent stop to this opportunistic and cynical use by the campaign," she added.

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