A popular GOP talking point sweeping the web today is that President Obama personally sent more National Park Police to protect the World War II monument in Washington D.C. from WW II veterans than he sent to the Benghazi consulate during a terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012.
The story started yesterday when WW II veterans entered the World War II monument, which was closed because of the federal government shutdown.
According to TalkingPointsMemo.com, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tweeted today: "@BarackObama sent 7 security guards to #WWIIMemorial this AM to keep out our vets. Sadly, that is 2 more than were present in Benghazi."
The tweet is now being parroted by conservatives on Twitter, reports InfoWars.com.
Speaking to Fox News' Sean Hannity yesterday, Sen. Paul called Americans who work in National Park Police "goons":
Some idiot in the government sent goons out there to set up barricades so they couldn't see the monument. People had to spend hours setting up barricades where there are never barricades, to prevent people from seeing the World War II monument, because they're trying to play a charade.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has called for a government shutdown for months, also blamed President Obama for the closing the WW II monument and opposing veterans in a press release:
President Obama is so fixated on forcing Obamacare on the American people that he's even willing to deny World War II veterans the right to access the memorial they have earned through their heroic service.
In reality, the National Park Police allowed the WWII veterans in to see the WW II monument, even though it was closed.