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Why do liberals make fun of “#Benghazi” all the time?

The hashtag was crystallized in Hillary Clinton’s January 2013 testimony at a Congressional hearing.

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2013.
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The media and political firestorms around Benghazi have sparked a counter-reaction, typically among liberals who doubt the merits of the Benghazi allegations. This is often expressed with ironic use of the Twitter hashtag #Benghazi, and was crystallized in Clinton’s January 2013 testimony at a Congressional hearing, in which she barely attempted to contain her exasperation with Republican questions.

The progressive attitude, basically.
ABC News

Progressives often see the Benghazi controversies as driven by a sort of Obama Derangement Syndrome, wherein conservatives invent scandals that only make sense inside their own closed information feedback loop.

benghazi pillow
For liberals, a hilarious throw-pillow.
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So they mock #Benghazi. A lot.

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— max read (@max_read) October 23, 2013

Why didn’t Zach Galifianakis ask Obama about #Benghazi?#MainstreamMedia
— John Aziz (@azizonomics) March 11, 2014

One persistent liberal meme grew out of a particularly amusing tweet that turned Benghazi into a conspiratorial acrostic.

Hence, when you see weird acrostics spelling out Benghazi on progressive Twitter, like this one:

Now you know why.