When President Biden arrived at Dover Air Force Base on Sunday, he had only one endeavor in mind. He was supposed to be paying his last respects to the 13 U.S. service members that were killed in last week’s terror attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. However, at least one family believes that he failed miserably at this objective. According to them, the president’s attendance at this rally was anything but respectful.
During these “dignified transfers” as the procedure has come to be known, Biden met privately with family members of the fallen. There were reports by the Washington Post that during the meetings, several of these family members expressed anger at him, indicating that they held him responsible for the bungled military withdrawal that led to their deaths.
The family of Marine Corps Lance Corporal Rylee McCollum in particular was having a difficult time embracing Biden after Rylee’s tragic death. This 20-year-old man was not only a marine, but he was also an expectant father. His young wife Jiennah is just weeks away from giving birth to their first child.
Biden could have done what other presidents have done, and that is consoled them in their grief. However, he did no such thing. Instead, he amplified their pain by reportedly only having a “scripted and shallow” response to the loss these families suffered. Here’s more analysis from the post:
One of McCollum’s sisters, Roice, said she and her sister and her father joined McCollum’s wife, Jiennah McCollum, on the trip. But when it came time to meet with the president, they left the room, because she said they did not want to speak with the man they held responsible for McCollum’s death.
Only Jiennah, who is expecting the couple’s child next month, stayed. But she left disappointed, Roice said. The president brought up his son, Beau, according to her account, describing his son’s military service and subsequent death from cancer. It struck the family as scripted and shallow, a conversation that lasted only a couple of minutes in “total disregard to the loss of our Marine,” Roice said.
“You can’t f— up as bad as he did and say you’re sorry,” Roice said about this president. “This did not need to happen, and every life is in his hands.”
The White House would not comment on any of the conversations that Biden might have had with these families. No word from Jen Psaki on whether we are going to “circle back” to this later, but it seems unlikely with this ludicrous and incompetent administration.
The sentiments of the McCollums was also shared by many of the other Gold Star families. Town Hall reporter Julio Rosas claimed that sources close to some of the families alerted him that “more than one of these families simply did not even Biden to attend the dignified transfers at all.”
Paula Knauss is the mother of Sgt. Ryan Knauss, and he too was killed in the attack. He lamented the failure of leadership from the Biden Administration in a conversation with the Post.
“You can’t have a hasty withdrawal after 20 years of war,” she said. “Because it’s beyond me. It disgraces the name of all those who have fought in the past and who are now on ground, foreign ground fighting right now, my son’s [82nd] Airborne is still there, and they deserve to be protected.”
Prior to the beginning of the ceremonies, yet another family member of a fallen Marine expressed some intense anger with the president.
As the father of fallen Marine Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoul, Steve Nikoul didn’t mince words when he responded to the Daily Beast for comment: “Biden turned his back on him. That’s it.”