Last week Joe Biden was confronted by an Air Force veteran who had lost friends in the Iraq War, which Biden voted for as a senator. “We are wondering why we should vote for someone who voted for … and enabled a war that killed thousands of our brothers and sisters?” the veteran said, intimating that close friends of his were casualties. Biden’s response, as Howard Portnoy noted, was to claim his own son was one of those casualties. If anything that should have amplified the veteran’s point, but the former vice president changed the subject, accusing the veteran of attacking his son. “I’m not going after your son,” the man said in his own defense, to which Biden responded, wagging a finger, “You better not!”
What made the exchange even uglier was that it was based on a bald-faced lie. Biden’s son Beau was indeed activated to deploy to Iraq in 2008. But he returned alive and well a year later, having pushed paper as a major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. His untimely death from cancer came six years after his return to the States.
It turns out Joe Biden was been scoring political points off that same odious lie for years. As ABC News notes, while campaigning for Hillary Clinton in 2016, Biden ran into a similar situation was the one involving the vet. This time the flash point was the Obama administration’s policies in the Middle East. “My American friends died!” an unidentified man said. “Why did you tell the YPG to go back across the Euphrates? … My friend died!”
“Will you listen?” Biden shot back. “So did my son, OK?”
On Friday he was at it again. This time Biden’s audience was a 90-year-old woman who lost her son in the terrorist attack on 9/11.
It’s one thing to lie habitually, as Biden has been doing for years. It’s another to lie about something so deeply personal as the death of one’s own child.
Has this man no shame?