Mark Schmitz and other Gold-Star family members appeared in an event on Capitol Hill Tuesday that blasted President Joe Biden and called for his resignation.
The strong words came in response to the administration's handling of the U.S. military's Afghanistan departure in August 2021.
Video of pissed off Gold Star dad should end Joe’s career…https://t.co/7SVAhQY04E
— Amy Moreno (@VivaLaAmes11) August 31, 2023
“Our so-called leader can’t even utter their names in public — not even once,” Schmitz said. “Mr. Biden has run his entire political campaign for 50 years as a family man … That campaign slogan will never work again. We have been seeing what is going on in your family — and even worse, we’ve seen how you have been treating us, the Gold Star families.
“There cannot be anything more cowardly and disgusting with how you treated us,” he continued. “You are a disgrace to the nation.”
"Our so-called leader can't seem to even utter their names in public — not even once," says the Gold Star dad to fallen Marine Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz.
"There couldn't be anything more disgusting and cowardly than the way you have treated us. You are a disgrace to this nation." pic.twitter.com/UxttDHMt7P
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 29, 2023
“As you can probably tell by now, I am done biting my tongue,” Schmitz said, addressing the president.
“You, sir, stole their lives, their futures, their dreams. You ripped apart 13 families. You cannot even man up and admit that. You, sir, gave us all the title ‘Gold Star family.’ You, sir, discredit honor and integrity," he added.
THIS is a REAL President, who will NOT look at his watchhttps://t.co/XeDQ5ajoZN
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) August 30, 2023
Former President Donald Trump's campaign has confirmed that he plans to now meet with many of the Gold-Star family members.
“There is no bigger champion of America’s military members, and their families as well, than President Trump,” the Trump campaign official said.
“Contrast that with Joe Biden’s total lack of respect for our military and his disastrous and embarrassing withdrawal in Afghanistan that led to the death of American troops, put additional lives at risk, and emboldened the enemy," the official added.
The video and the fallout from it is a powerful reminder to many Americans of one of the Biden administration's most controversial actions.
The event is likely to have political consequences as well, with patriotic voters looking to Trump as the candidate who cares more about the nation's military.