White House press secretary Jen Psaki was scorched Monday after she invoked President Biden’s personal losses and grief while answering a question on the botched drone strike in Afghanistan that took out a family of ten, including seven children.
“Following up on the drone strike last week that the Pentagon now admits was a tragic mistake. What was the president’s response when he learned about that?” CBS News reporter Ed O’Keefe asked Psaki.
“Well, the president was briefed on Friday morning about the report that was going to be released and put out, I would say, first, the president’s view, and all of our view, is that the loss of any civilian life is a tragedy, as was, as was made clear in the comments by the secretary of Defense, by General McKenzie, this was done in error. And clearly, the investigation that will continue is something the president broadly supports,” she defensively remarked.
“So, as a human being, as a president, as somebody who has overseen loss in a variety of scenarios, both as a leader and personally, it is his reaction is it’s a tragedy and every loss is a tragedy, and he supports the efforts to, the effort to move this forward as quickly as possible and to have a thorough investigation,” Psaki asserted.
Psaki invokes Biden's dead son & daughter as proof he emphasizes w/the families of the Afghans that the U.S. government accidentally droned to death: "As a human being, as a President,. as somebody who has overseen loss…as a leader & personally, his reaction is it's a tragedy" pic.twitter.com/Co3N32s0yY
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) September 20, 2021
The Hellfire missile that killed the innocent family was intended to take out ISIS-K terrorists and was in response to the Kabul airport bombing that resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. service members.
Biden has frequently spoken of the loss of his son to brain cancer in 2015 and the death of his first wife and infant daughter in a car accident that occurred in 1972. He invokes all of their memories frequently in political settings and many see it as self-serving in the extreme.
This isn’t the first time that Psaki has borrowed the disturbing tactic from Biden. She made similar remarks in August when addressing criticism by a number of the family members of those killed in Kabul and who claimed the president was dismissive concerning their grief.
“His message to all of the family members who were there and those who were not even in attendance is that he is grateful to their sons and daughters, the sacrifice they made to the country,” Psaki noted at the time. “That he knows firsthand what it’s like to lose a child and the fact that no one can tell you anything or say anything or there’s no words that are going to fill that hole that is left by that.”
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz’s father recounted an angry exchange with Biden at Dover Air Base following the death of his son in the terrorist attack.
In an interview with NPR, Schmitz said he told Biden, who was looking at a picture of his departed son, “That’s Jared, that’s Jared Schmitz. Don’t ever forget that name, and don’t forget the name of the 12 others.”
Biden “barked back” at the grieving father, saying, “I know their stories.”
“My first thought was, ‘That’s literally impossible. Why are you arguing with me,’” Schmitz stated. “And then, of course, he mentions his son again.”
Shana Chappell, mother of Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui remarked that Biden “rolled his eyes” at her during a meeting at Dover after she nailed him for invoking his son’s death.
“Remember i am the one who stood five 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 angrily wrote on Instagram.
“You then said you just wanted me to know that you know how i feel and i let you know that you don’t know how i feel and you do not have the right to tell me you know how i feel! U then rolled your f***ing eyes in your head like you were annoyed with me….i then proceeded to tell you again how you took my son away from me and how i will never get to hug him, kiss him, laugh with him again etc… u turned to walk away and i let you know my sons blood was on your hands and you threw your hand up behind you as you walked away from me,” Chappell wrote.
Psaki was also asked whether military leaders should be held accountable for the family’s death. She declined to actually answer the question and instead pointed to the investigation and circumstances under which the strike occurred.
“The Secretary of Defense and [Gen. Kenneth McKenzie] came forward and made very clear that … they wanted to learn from what had happened,” Psaki declared and then stated that at the time of the strike, U.S. troops in Afghanistan were facing “direct threats” from ISIS-K terrorists.
“Obviously, it was done in error. Obviously, there was a horrific tragedy that happened,” she said. “But I’m not going to get into what the impact will be.”
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Many were disgusted by the reference, once again, to Biden’s dead loved ones:
Oh come on. Psaki just brought up fact that "as you know, Biden has personally experienced loss" as part of her answer on how he felt about his strike that killed 7 innocent children.
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) September 20, 2021
Joe Biden brought up Beau Biden dying of brain cancer in the context of the 13 U.S. service members killed by ISIS-K in Kabul, and Psaki is apparently referencing Biden’s family tragedies in reference to a U.S. drone strike meant for ISIS-K which killed an aid worker & his family https://t.co/dxKIFkgJZH
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) September 20, 2021
This is absolutely repulsive. https://t.co/oJhJ3QJEwk
— jimtreacher.substack.com (@jtLOL) September 20, 2021
Biden the suffering dad is the most sympathetic aspect of his character, but the overuse of this to deflect every manner of inquiry is veering into self-parody territory, like Al Bundy talking about the big game. https://t.co/m3grALFJKB
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) September 20, 2021
— Christina Pushaw (@ChristinaPushaw) September 20, 2021
Apparently having a dead son gives you a license to murder children. https://t.co/FK7rMCllkn
— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) September 20, 2021
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) September 20, 2021
— Joe Gabriel Simonson (@SaysSimonson) September 20, 2021
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