Trump Will Treat You to the Benghazi Movie Tonight

If you live in Iowa and are somehow able to RSVP
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2016 4:28 PM CST
Trump Will Treat You to the Benghazi Movie Tonight
John Krasinski as Jack Silva in the film, "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi."   (Christian Black/Paramount Pictures via AP)

Moviegoers in Urbandale, Iowa, can take in the movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi for free Friday night … courtesy of Donald Trump. He's rented out space at the Carmike Cobblestone 9 Theatre and anyone who RSVPs can attend the 6pm showing free. That's an $8 value, the Des Moines Register reports. "Mr. Trump would like all Americans to know the truth about what happened at Benghazi,” his Iowa co-chair tells the Register. The film, often referred to as "the Benghazi movie," depicts the Sept. 11, 2012, raid on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in which US Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed. The filmmakers insist that it has no political agenda, Variety reports, saying it makes no mention of Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state when the events unfolded and has been criticized for her handling of the situation.

However, Variety notes, "Conservative media for weeks has been abuzz about how the movie may impact Clinton’s presidential hopes." And Trump isn't the only candidate talking about 13 Hours. During Thursday's Republican debate, the Guardian reports, candidate Ted Cruz plugged the film: "Tomorrow morning a new movie will debut about the incredible bravery of the men fighting for their lives in Benghazi … and the politicians that abandoned them," he said. During the debate, per the Register, Jeb Bush raised the specter of Benghazi when he claimed a Clinton presidency would be "a national security mess" as she would "continue down the path of Benghazi." Cruz, the Register reports, is leading Trump in Iowa by three points, according to its own polling. As for how to attend Trump's free showing, good luck: The New York Daily News notes that no one answered the contact number Trump's co-chair tweeted out, 515-267-9191. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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