A Gold Star mother whose Marine son was one of the 13 U.S service members killed in last month’s ISIS suicide terror attack outside Kabul’s international airport invited former President Trump — not the current commander-in-chief —President Biden to her child’s funeral.
Shana Chappell, the mother of 20-year-old Kareem Nikoui, wrote in a lengthy Facebook post on Sept. 2 inviting Trump to attend the memorial service scheduled to take place on Sept. 18, saying it would be an “honor to meet the “real president.”
“I would love if some how [sic] my President (you, Mr. Trump) could be present as I lay my Beautiful baby boy Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui to rest. It would be such an honor to meet the real President of the United States of America, President Trump. I love you, and America loves you,” Chappell wrote in the Sept. 2 Facebook post.
The former President responded to the gold star mother, acknowledging her invitation, but did not confirm whether he would attend the funeral service.
“Thank you, Shana — our Country loves you and especially loves your beautiful boy, Kareem,” Trump said in an emailed statement from his Save America PAC on Labor Day.
Kareem’s funeral service will be open to the public and will be held at the Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California.
Chappell also noted that her social media accounts have been “shadow-banned” and requested others to share the Facebook post “in hopes” Trump will see it after Instagram “incorrectly deleted” her profile last week. Instagram took down her account after she reposted her Facebook posts ripping Biden in the aftermath of her son’s death. Facebook, which owns Instagram restored the Gold star mothers account shortly, issuing an apology for mistakenly deleting, but won’t offer a statement as to why the account was incorrectly flagged and deleted.
The Facebook post that led to Chappell’s Instagram account being “incorrectly deleted” tore into Biden for being disrespectful during the private meeting during the dignified transfer ceremony at the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware late last month.
“Joe Biden. This msg [sic] is for you! I know my face is etched into your brain! I was able to look you straight in the eyes yesterday and have words with you. After I lay my son to rest, you will be seeing me again! Remember I am the one who stood 5 inches from your face and was letting you know I would never get to hug my son again, hear his laugh, and then you tried to interrupt me and give me your own sob story, and I had to tell you ‘that this isn’t about you so don’t make it about you!!!'” Chappell wrote on Aug. 30 Facebook post which has since been shared more than 17,000 times.
“You turned your back on my son, on all of our Heros!!! You are leaving the White House one way or another because you do not belong there! MY SONS BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS!!! All 13 of them, their blood is on your hands!!!!” Chappell added. “Btw as my son and the rest of our fallen Heros were being taken off the plane yesterday, I watched you disrespect us all 5 different times by checking your watch!!! What the fuck was so important that you had to keep looking at your watch???? You are nobody special Biden!!! America Hates you!!!!!”
Trump responded to the Aug.30 post, writing in a statement that Chappell was “100 percent correct. If I were President, your wonderful and beautiful son Kareem would be with you now, and so would the sons and daughters of others, including all of those who died in the vicious Kabul airport attack.”
“Civilians should have been brought out first, along with our $85 billion of equipment, with the Military coming out very safely after all was clear,” Trump added. “I love you, and I love Kareem.”
Chappell’s son, Kareem, was one of 13 U.S. service members killed in a suicide bombing attack led by the Islamic State (ISIS-K) outside of the Kabul international airport. 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.
Other Gold Star family members slammed Biden after meeting him privately during the dignified transfer ceremony. They grew angry at the president when they saw him checking his watch as the bodies of their loved ones were transferred off the C-17 plane each time. One woman grew emotional and began screaming towards Biden across the tarmac, shouting, “I hope you burn in hell! That was my brother!”