The mother of fallen Marine Lance Cpl Dylan R Merola who died in Afghanistan claimed Joe Biden told her that his late son, Beau, came “home in a flag-draped coffin” despite dying of brain cancer in the US.
Cheryl Rex recalled the bizarre encounter with Biden while speaking at a public forum in California honoring the 13 US service members killed during Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021.
“When he approached me, his words were, ‘My wife, Jill, and I know how you feel. We lost our son as well and brought him home in a flag-draped coffin,'” Rex recalled.
“How could someone be so heartless to say he knew how I felt,” she added.
Biden has often claimed his son Beau died in Iraq, even though he died of brain cancer while in the US,
Biden made a similar claim in 2022 during a speech in Colorado to designate Camp Hale as a national monument.
Biden was discussing the many sacrifices that soldiers make before giving his late son as an example.
“I say this as a father of a man who won the Bronze Star, the conspicuous service medal, and lost his life in Iraq,” Biden said.
Biden didn’t stop there. The following month, he claimed Iraq was “where my son died.”
In May, Biden used the backdrop of a conversation with US service members to claim his son died in the Iraq War again when he did not.
Biden made the false claim during a visit with troops at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan.
“My son was a major in the U.S. Army. We lost him in Iraq,” he reportedly said.
The traveling press corps were “kept far enough away that the remarks were inaudible,” the New York Post reported.
“The White House press office did not put out an official transcript, almost allowing the error to escape public notice,” according to the Post.