Slain Norco Marine’s mother slams President Joe Biden on social media – Daily Bulletin

The mother of a Norco Marine killed in Afghanistan has blasted President Joe Biden on social media, saying the president rolled his eyes when meeting with families of slain service members and that her son’s blood is on his hands.

Shana Chappell’s post about Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui caught the attention of former President Donald Trump. She also criticized Biden on Instagram and said her Instagram account was deleted “because i gained so many followers over my (son’s) death due to Biden’s negligence, ignorance and him being a traitor!”

In an emailed statement, Facebook, which owns Instagram, expressed its condolences to Chappell and her family and said her “tribute to her heroic son does not violate any of our policies. While the post was not removed, her account was incorrectly deleted and we have since restored it.”

Nikoui, 20, was one of 13 service members and at least 60 Afghans who died Thursday, Aug. 26, when a suicide bomber attacked a gate outside Kabul’s airport, where thousands of Afghans were trying to flee the Taliban ahead of the U.S. withdrawal.

Chappell addressed Biden directly in a Monday, Aug. 30, Facebook post.

“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!!!,” she wrote.

“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 (expletive) eyes in your head like you were annoyed with me and i let you know that the only reason i was talking to you was out of respect for my son and that was the only reason why …”

Biden, Chappell wrote, “turned to walk away and i let you know my sons (sic) blood was on your hands and you threw your hand up behind you as you walked away from me like you were saying ok whatever!!! You are not the president of the United States of America Biden!!!!”

Later, she wrote that, as the bodies of her son and other fallen service members were being offloaded after being flown into Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Biden “(disrespected) us all 5 different times by checking (his) watch!!!”

Responding to a question about criticism from the grieving families at the Tuesday, Aug. 31, White House press briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the president “is grateful to their sons and daughters, the sacrifice they made to the country … he knows firsthand what it’s like to lose a child and … no one can tell you anything or say anything (that’s) going to fill that hole that is left by that.”

“ … I will tell you, from spending a lot of time with him over the past couple of days, that he was deeply impacted by these family members who he met just two days ago,” Psaki added. “He talks about them frequently in meetings and the incredible service and sacrifice of their sons and daughters.”

Chappell, whose Facebook page includes photos of her with pro-Trump slogans, vowed that Biden “will be seeing me again” after she lays her son to rest. She could not be immediately reached for comment Wednesday, Sept. 1.

On Instagram, Chappell posted photos of Biden walking away and of an empty presidential podium with the caption “What a disgrace.”

“He is an absolute disgrace to our country and so is anyone who supports him! #impeachbiden ASAP,” she wrote. “The whole Biden admin needs to go ASAP!!!”

In an email to supporters Tuesday night, Trump wrote that Chappell “(is) 100% 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.”

Besides Nikoui, two other Southern California Marines — Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga and Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio — died in the Kabul airport attack.

The region responded to the Marines’ deaths with vigils and memorials, including a community hike in Norco and a remembrance ceremony staged Tuesday night, Aug. 31, in Murrieta. Nikoui graduated from Norco High School in 2019 after serving in the campus Air Force Jr. ROTC.

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