President Joe Biden and his top officials would presumably love to see Americans forget about the foreign policy blunder in Afghanistan that left 13 U.S service members dead, but more Gold Star parents of those fallen heroes are making sure nobody forgets.
According to Fox News, two Gold Star fathers of the fallen troops revealed that Biden was tone-deaf in his meeting with the parents after the dignified transfer ceremony that took place earlier this week, with one of the fathers saying that Biden seemed to be more interested in talking about his own deceased son, Beau Biden, who died of cancer.
The remarks, which were made during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, were from Mark Schmitz, father of the fallen Missouri Marine Jared Schmitz, and Darin Hoover, father of the fallen Utah Marine Darin Taylor Hoover Jr.
“Initially, I wasn’t going to meet with him,” Schmitz told Hannity. “But then I felt I owed it to my son to at least have some words with him about how I felt – and it didn’t go well.”
Schmitz added: “He talked a bit more about his own son than he did my son, and that didn’t sit well with me.”
Hoover revealed that he chose not to meet with the president after the ceremony, and that his decision was based on Biden’s insistence on looking down to check his watch as the coffins of the fallen service members were offloaded from the plane.
“That didn’t happen just once. It happened on every single one that came out of that airplane. It happened on every single one of them. They would release the salute, and he would look down at his watch on every last one, all 13, he looked down at his watch,” Hoover claimed.
Schmitz corroborated Hoover’s claim, telling Hannity: “Considering the time and why we were there, I found it to be the most disrespectful thing I’d ever seen.”
Biden’s watch-checking controversy quickly spread across social media, adding to his already humiliating handling of the botched U.S. troop withdrawal efforts in Afghanistan as the Taliban seized total control of the country.