Joe Biden was ordered to “burn in hell” following an allegedly “scripted and superficial” meeting in which families were agitated by a president who they said checked his watch and spoke more of his own dead son than of the 13 soldiers killed last week in Afghanistan. .
As Mr. Biden left Dover Air Base after meeting families who had just received the bodies of their loved ones at Kabul airport, a woman shouted: “I hope you burn in hell!” It was my brother!
The raw and emotional scene was described by Mark Schmitz, father of 20-year-old Jared Schmitz, in The Washington Post. Mr Schmitz said he became agitated when Mr Biden appeared to check his watch and responded bluntly when asked to remember the men and women killed in Kabul.
“I said, ‘Never forget that name. Never forget that face. Never forget the names of the other 12 … and take the time to learn their stories, ”Schmitz told the President.
Mr Biden responded curtly and did not like the comment, Mr Schmitz told the To post, and would have said: “I know their stories”.
It is not clear from Mr. Biden’s video during the dignified transfer whether the president actually checked his watch during the solemn moment; you could see him lower his eyes as he lowered his arms. Some family members of the deceased servicemen criticized him for appearing to check his watch. Former President Donald Trump has also joined the fray.
“When he kept talking about his son, it was just that my interest was lost. I was more focused on my own son than on what happened with him and his son,” he said. Mr Schmitz said.
“I’m not trying to insult the president, but it just didn’t feel right to spend so much time on your own son.”
Beau Biden, a military veteran who was deployed to Iraq, died of brain cancer in 2015, and the president used his death to try to connect with families who suffered similar grief.
Lance Corporal Rylee McCollum’s pregnant wife Jiennah McCollum was disappointed with Mr Biden’s conversation, her sister Roice McCollum said. To post of what she described as a “scripted and superficial” exchange.
“You cannot kneel on our flag and pretend you care about our troops. You can’t fuck up as bad as him and say you’re sorry. It didn’t have to happen and every life is in her hands, ”said Ms. McCollum.
“The thousands of Afghans who will suffer and be tortured are a direct result of his incompetence.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended the president when asked about the meeting.
“Although his son did not lose his life directly in combat as they did – or directly at the hands of a terrorist, as these families have made them cry – he knows, as I come from say it, firsthand that there is nothing you can say, nothing you can pass on, to ease the pain and what all these families are going through, ”Psaki told reporters..
“It is certainly the right of anyone who met the president yesterday to speak publicly about their experience,” she added.
Other families, meanwhile, refused to speak to the president. Taylor Hoover’s father, Darin Hoover, told Fox News his family “didn’t want him near us” while saying Mr Biden checked his watch every time a coffin got off the plane.
“They were giving the salute, and he was looking at his watch until the last one, every 13, he was looking at his watch,” Mr. Hoover told Fox.
“As a father, seeing this and the disrespect, and hearing his former rulers, one of the [Taylor’s] the master sergeants said – it was preventable – that they left them there: they had them there and let them down, and we can’t have that. That can never happen again, ”he added.
Ahead of the meeting, Kathy McCollum told SiriusXM Patriot radio on Saturday that she was awoken at 4 a.m. by two Marines telling her her son had passed away.
“I never thought in a million years [my son] would die for nothing, for nothing, because that insane, dementia-stricken shit that decided he wanted a photoshoot on September 11th. This is what is killing me, ”she said.
The emotions of the families became so strong that a woman, Shana Chappell, mother of Lance Corporal Kareem M Nikoui, 20, said her Instagram account was deleted and a Facebook post was deleted for criticizing Mr. Biden.
“It seems Instagram took it upon itself to delete my account because I [sic] Guess it’s because I gained so many followers after my son died from neglect, ignorance, and being a traitor to Biden! Ms. Chappell posted on Facebook.
“I’m going to assume Facebook is going to delete me next. Funny how this one-sided left-wing bullshit doesn’t want the truth to come out! Keep in mind that I only posted about my broken heart for my son.
A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to The independent that his account was accidentally deleted and has since been reinstated.
“We express our deepest condolences to Ms. Chappell and her family. His tribute to his heroic son does not violate any of our policies. Although the message was not deleted, his account was deleted by mistake and we have since restored him, ”the statement read.
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