Gold Star mom invites Trump to son’s funeral: ‘would be such an honor’
Gold Star mom Shana Chappell, whose son Kareem Nikoui was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan last month has invited former President Donald Trump to attend her child’s funeral.
“I would love if some how[sic] my President ( you Mr. Trump) could be present as i [sic] lay my Beautiful baby boy Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui to rest,” Chappell wrote in a Facebook post. “It would be such an honor to meet the real President of the United States of America, President Trump,” she continued. “I love you and America loves you.”
Trump responded to Chappell’s request in an emailed statement to her, saying, “Thank you, Shana. Our Country loves you and especially loves your beautiful boy, Kareem.” Trump did not say publicly whether he would attend the funeral service scheduled for Sept. 18.
Following the death of her son, Chappell took to Facebook with a blistering message for President Biden, who she blamed for her son’s death.
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“You are no leader of any kind! You are a weak human being and a traitor!!!! You turned your back on my son, on all of our Heros [sic]!!! [You] are leaving the White House one way or another because you do not belong there!” she wrote. Chappell went on to describe Biden “rolling” his eyes at her and attempting to interrupt her while speaking about her son so he could talk about his son, Beau.
“I was able to look you straight in the eyes yesterday and have words with you. After I lay my son to rest, you will be seeing me again! 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,” she continued.
“MY SONS BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS!!! All 13 of them, their blood is on your hands!!!! If my [President] Trump was in his rightful seat, then my son and the other Heros [sic] would still be alive!!!! You will be seeing me again very soon!!!” she concluded her post.
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Trump responded to that post as well, writing in a statement that Chappell was “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.”
Trump went on to explain how he would have handled the withdrawal differently than Biden.
“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 said. “I love you, and I love Kareem.”
Chappell’s Instagram account was disabled after posting a similar message there. Facebook, which owns Instagram, said in a statement that her account was “incorrectly deleted.” Both her Facebook and Instagram accounts have been active since.