The 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is approaching and President Joe Biden has expressed his intent to participate in a solemn memorial in New York City on Saturday.
In a recent statement, however, the son of one victim killed on Sept. 11, 2001, has advised the president to stay away from the ceremony.
“I really don’t think he has a place there”
Nic Haros Jr. lost his mother, Frances, in the attack. She was working as a receptionist in the upper third of the South Tower when planes collided with the Twin Towers and vanished without a trace when the massive skyscrapers collapsed into fiery rubble.
During a Fox News Channel appearance on Monday, Haros referenced dismissive remarks about the attacks made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in issuing his warning to Biden.
“I am demanding that President Biden dare not show his face at Ground Zero on 9/11,” he said. “It is now holy ground and I really don’t think he has a place there.”
The still-grieving son went on to reference Biden’s botched withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, which was set to be completed prior to the 9/11 anniversary. A suicide bombing at the airport in Kabul claimed the lives of 13 U.S. service members amid a chaotic evacuation attempt last month.
“It’s shameful for him, I think, to use the dead bodies as a political prop for his so-called victory lap,” Haros said. “He is insensitive and he shows no compassion to the families. No, Joe, no victory. We are now in the Afghanistan War 2.0.”
“I believe he is complicit”
Noting that Fox News Channel personality Jeanine Pirro referred to Biden as the “liar-in-chief,” Haros debuted an even more scathing sobriquet.
“Today I call out Biden as the killer-in-chief,” he said. “It’s not just 13 killed or the thousands of Americans and Afghanistan supporters left to die. I believe he is complicit in a coming genocide of Americans and Afghans.”
Of course, all evidence currently suggests that his demand of Biden will go unheeded.
As it stands, the president is expected to be present at the 20th-anniversary memorial event, likely as the main speaker.
It remains to be seen what type of reception he receives, however, since Haros is far from the only outspoken critic who will also be in attendance for the solemn occasion.