Some of the family members of the 13 U.S. troops killed in Thursday's suicide bombing terror attack in Kabul airport are expressing their anger and outrage with "dementia-ridden piece of crap" President Biden, whom they hold solely responsible for the death of their loved ones, saying the private meeting Sunday was scripted and a "total disregard" to the fallen American service members.
On Sunday, Biden and first lady Jill Biden traveled to Dover Force Airport for a "dignified transfer" movement, a somber military ritual of receiving the remains of the fallen 13 service members. The solemn movement marks Biden’s first time attending a dignified transfer since becoming president and the fourth commander in chief over the two decades of war to observe the movement of the American flag-draped cases.
Before the military ritual, Biden privately spoke with each of the individual family members, meeting face-to-face with grief that he himself had a huge role in creating. The reactions from most of the family members who spoke to the media were about the same — emotions of anger, hatred, and disgust at a president they blame for the deaths of the 13 service members killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.
Roice McCollum, one of Rylee McCollum’s sisters, said that she, her sister, and her father all refused to meet with Biden when it came time to with the president because they all hold him fully responsible for the fallen Marine’s death. Only Rylee's wife, Jiennah McCollum, who is expecting the couple's child next month, ended up staying to speak with Biden. Roice told the Washington Post that her sister-in-law was frustrated after briefly speaking with the president, which struck the McCollum family for coming off as "scripted and shallow" as Biden continuously brought up his late son, Beau's military service and his death from brain cancer while also checking his watch, appearing to show a "total disregard to the loss of our Marine."
"He cannot possibly understand," Roice said of Bide. "My dad and I did not want to speak to him. You cannot kneel on our flag and pretend you care about our troops. You can't f--k up as bad as he did and say you're sorry. This did not need to happen, and every life is on his hands. The thousands of Afghans who will suffer and be tortured is a direct result of his incompetence."
Rylee's mother, Kathy McCollum, called into the Wilkow Majority radio show on Sirius XM Friday to speak about her 20-years old son's death where she didn't pull any punches, blasting Biden as a "dementia-ridden piece of crap" over his botched handling.
"My son was one of the Marines that died yesterday. Twenty years and 6 months old, getting ready to go home from freaking Jordan to be home with his wife to watch the birth of his son, and that feckless, dementia-ridden piece of crap just sent my son to die," Kathy told SiriusXM talk show host Andrew Wilkow. "I woke up at four o’clock this morning to Marines at my door telling me that my son was dead. To listen to that piece of crap talk about diplomatic crap with frickin Taliban terrorists who just blew my son."
Kathy also blamed Americans who voted for Biden, saying those Democrats "who cheated" or supported the president for killing her son.
"So my son is gone. I just want all you Democrats who cheated in the election or who voted for him legitimately; you just killed my son," Kathy angrily said. "With a dementia-ridden piece of crap who doesn’t even know he’s in the White House, who still thinks he’s a senator."
"I never thought in a million years he would die for nothing because they stuck with a dementia-ridden piece of crap decided he wanted a photo off on September 11. That's what kills me. I wanted my son to represent our country, to fight for my country, but I never thought that a feckless piece of crap would send him to his death and smirk on television while he's talking about people dying with his nasty smirk. The dementia-ridden piece of crap needs to be removed from office. It never would have happened under Trump," she added.
Mark Schmitz, the father of 20-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz had mixed emotions over whether to meet Biden privately, left more disappointed after the encounter. Recounting his meeting with The Washington Post, Schmitz said Biden "spent more time looking at his ex-wife, repeatedly invoking his own son," and was furious after he showed the president a picture of his dead Marine son.
"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, And take some time to learn their stories," Schmitz told Biden, recalling that the president did not seem to like that, and gave a blunt response to the family, "I do know their stories."
Biden is known for invoking Beau’s military deployment to Iraq and his death from cancer as an attempt to convey his empathy. Still, some of the family members did not necessarily view the connection directly relevant to their grief.
"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," Schmitz said.
"I think it was all him trying to say he understands grief. But when you’re the one responsible for ultimately the way things went down, you kind of feel like that person should own it a little bit more. Our son is now gone. Because of a direct decision or game plan — or lack thereof — that he put in place," Schmitz added.
Paula Knauss, the mother of Ryan Knauss, didn't attend the transfer in Delaware, watching the service on TV at her home in Clearwater, Florida. Knauss said she was heartbroken over the loss of her son she called "a hero who saved the lives of over 2,000 Afghans," but expressed anger over Biden's "lack of leadership and protection" over his "hasty withdrawal."
During the dignified transfer, the families grew angrier, watching Biden check his watch as the bodies of their loved ones were transferred off the C-17 plane. One woman grew emotional and began screaming towards Biden across the tarmac, shouting, "I hope you burn in hell! That was my brother!"
A suicide bomb terror attack Thursday outside the Abbey Gate at Kabul's airport killed 13 U.S. service members and injured at least 18 more, U.S. officials said – marking it the deadliest day for U.S. troops in 10 years. The 13 service members killed in Thursday's terrorist attack included 11 Marines, one Army soldier, and one Navy corpsman. The dead ranged between the ages of 20 to 31 years old, some born not long before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that spurred the Afghanistan war. Those service members killed from the ISIS attack were on the ground, assisting with the chaotic evacuation of American civilians and Afghan allies who helped the U.S. war effort and were desperately trying to escape amid the Taliban takeover of Kabul just two weeks ago.