Families of the 13 US Marines killed in Afghanistan didn’t hold back their contempt for Joe Biden and expressed their outrage to his face on Sunday.
“I hope you burn in hell!” one woman screamed across the airport runway to a surprised Biden. Mark Schmitz, the father of Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, 20, who was murdered in the suicide explosion at Kabul Airport, told the Washington Post, “That was my brother.”
Schmitz said he went to the ceremony with his ex-wife and glared at the President as he spent more time looking at his ex-wife and speaking about his own son, Beau Biden.
“I said, ‘Don’t you ever forget that name. Don’t you ever forget that face. Don’t you ever forget the names of the other 12,’ ” Schmitz told the Post. “‘And take some time to learn their stories.’”
Biden shuddered at the comment from Schmitz. He responded, “I do know their stories.”
Breitbart.com reports: Schmitz is one of many family members who spoke out about their visit with Biden at the Dover Air Force base.
“It’s got to be difficult. I’m not saying it was easy at all. But you can’t run up and hug someone as if you had nothing to do with it. It’s not going to work that way when you’re commander-in-chief,” he told the Post.
Schmitz indicated he grew weary of Biden talking about his son Beau Biden’s death, in an attempt to sympathize with the family:
When he just kept talking about his son so much it was just — my interest was lost in that. I was more focused on my own son than what happened with him and his son. I’m not trying to insult the president, but it just didn’t seem that appropriate to spend that much time on his own son.
Slain Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum’s sister Roice noted that Biden’s words did not comfort the family — especially her brother’s wife ,who was pregnant with his child.
“My dad and I did not want to speak to him. You cannot kneel on our flag and pretend you care about our troops,” she said. “You can’t f— up as bad as he did and say you’re sorry. This did not need to happen, and every life is on his hands.”
Roice said her sister-in-law was also frustrated by the president checking his watch and speaking about his own son. Schmitz also said he was agitated by the president checking his watch.