The father of a Marine killed during the U.S. military's botched withdrawal from Afghanistan has called on President Joe Biden to resign.
Darin Hoover made the remarks during an event including Gold Star Family members on Monday in Escondido, California.
Gold Star Father of Marine Killed in Afghanistan Withdrawal Calls for Joe Biden’s Resignation https://t.co/IuUIrEhXOI
— Kelly (@kellytx2) August 8, 2023
“I’m calling out Secretary Blinken, Secretary Austin, General Milley, General McKenzie, Lt. Col. Whitehead — who could not give the order to the snipers to take out the bomber before he detonated his vest — and ultimately, the president,” he said at the forum.
“Do what our son did: Be a grown-ass man,” Hoover challenged them. “Admit your mistakes. Learn from them so that this doesn’t happen ever, ever again. You all need to resign immediately. Our sons and daughters have more integrity in their little toes than every one of them combined.”
For almost two years, the Gold Star Families of the fallen in Afghanistan have waited for answers and accountability. They have waited long enough. https://t.co/DLZrqWQP5p
— Rep. Darrell Issa (@repdarrellissa) August 4, 2023
"For almost two years, the Gold Star Families of the fallen in Afghanistan have waited for answers and accountability for the loss of their loved ones - and they have waited long enough,” said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).
“At every turn, they’ve been shut out and ignored by the Biden Administration that prefers to turn the page on its disaster. That stops now," he continued.
"It’s time that the public hears the stories of these heroes and learns of negligence and breakdown of leadership that led to the loss of life that day two years ago," Issa added.
The 13 servicemembers died during the explosion of a suicide bombing outside of the Kabul airport in August 2021.
The majority of those killed were from Camp Pendleton in California, Issa's home state.
The message was clear but it's unclear whether the president will pay any attention to those who have lost loved ones as he continues his plans for a second term.