Gold Star Dad Gives Biden An Earful at the SOTU Address

Wanna bet the libtards accuse him of ‘insurrection’?

Western Journal

A Gold Star father whose son was killed in the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2021 was removed from the Capitol and arrested on Thursday night after heckling President Joe Biden during the State of the Union speech.

Biden had just finished saying, “America is safer today than when I took office,” when Steve Nikoui, the father of Marine Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, rose and shouted “Abbey Gate” and “United States Marines.”

The reference was to the terrorist bombing that killed 13 U.S. troops — including Nikoui’s 20-year-old son — during the withdrawal from Kabul.

Nikoui attended the president’s speech as a guest of Republican Rep. Brian Mast of Florida.

“So much for the right to petition our government for the redress of grievances,” Mast posted on X after Nikoui was arrested, adding that his guest was speaking out because “his son was killed in action at the Abbey Gate due to Biden’s incompetence.”

“Tonight at approximately 10:15 p.m., a man disrupted the State of the Union Address by yelling,” a Capitol Police representative told Axios.

“Our officers warned him to stop and when he did not, the man was removed from the House Galleries and was arrested, the representative said.

Nikoui was hit with a misdemeanor charge of “crowding, obstructing or incommoding.”

……“This is a routine charge on Capitol Hill. People who illegally demonstrate/disrupt Congress typically are released after they pay a $50 fine, so the misdemeanor charge is resolved without going to court,” the Capitol Police said in a statement, according to the Times.

Nikoui was soon released from custody.

……Prior to the president’s State of the Union address, Gold Star father Mark Schmitz, whose son, Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, was killed in Kabul, told the New York Post that Biden deserved to be heckled during the speech.

“There’s been other people that have confirmed that information that Biden knew — damn good and well — that Afghanistan was going to fall,” he said, calling the withdrawal “a totally epic screw-up.”

“I suspect tonight, there’s gonna be a lot of heckling,” Schmitz added.


New York Post

Gold Star dad Steven Nikoui got a hero’s welcome at a Washington, DC, pub after being arrested for heckling President Biden over the chaotic withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan during Thursday night’s State of the Union address

“Steve Nikoui!” other Gold Star families who attended the speech cheered as the man himself strutted into the Dubliner Restaurant blocks away from the US Capitol, following his release from the custody of the House Sergeant at Arms, according to footage shared on X by Spectator journalist Matthew Foldi.

Gold Star father Darin Hoover told The Post in a phone interview on Friday that Nikoui had to pay $50 to get bailed out of the Capitol Police station and is facing “a fine of $500 or 90 days in jail or both” in an upcoming court date.

…….House Republicans who invited the relatives of the fallen troops immediately called on local authorities to drop charges, with Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) offering to pay any related fines.

……Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) invited Nikoui to the speech and later secured his release after the father was arrested for erupting at the commander-in-chief in the middle of his address to Congress.

……“Mr. Nikoui lost his son due to Joe Biden’s incompetence, and lost another son to grief over his brother being killed,” Mast told The Post in a statement, referring to Dakota Halverson, who committed suicide on Aug. 9, 2022.

……“This man and his family have given America more than I could personally bear and to attack him with a BS charge of ‘demonstrating’ is a disgrace.”

Hoover and Schmitz told The Post in an interview before Biden’s speech that the president should expect “a lot of heckling” for the hasty military withdrawal, which also left hundreds of US citizens behind.

“There’s been other people that have confirmed that information that Biden knew — damn good and well — that Afghanistan was going to fall,” Schmitz said, calling the pullout “a totally epic screw-up.”

Neither the president nor his administration have accepted full responsibility for the disaster, both said.

“He didn’t care. And he left all the munitions behind at Bagram [Airfield],” Schimtz added, referring to $7 billion worth of US military equipment that the Taliban seized after ascending to power.

Biden’s approval rating has remained underwater since August 2021, when the last US flights departed Kabul.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found in a February 2023 report that the Biden administration’s “abrupt and uncoordinated” gave locals the impression the US “was simply handing Afghanistan over to a Taliban government-in-waiting.”

A State Department report in June of that year revealed that the administration also failed to take seriously the concerns of the Afghan government at the time amid warnings that Kabul would fall if American troops left.


Biden ignored warnings to keep at least 2,500 troops on the ground in Afghanistan to help with negotiations between Afghanistan and the Taliban. Trump would have never pulled out in a way that left the Taliban with American weapons and equipment or placed American lives in jeopardy.

This is what the military does in actual tactical, planned withdrawals: Have troops and close air support in place before evacuation. Security transports evacuees to the airfield. Let the enemy know that if they make any moves toward the embassy and airport, they will get turned into mush by AC-130s and Apache attack helicopters. Then you start running the planes 24/7. Last ones to leave turn out the lights.
If you know anything about contingency plans, you know that Biden botched the withdrawal in four key ways: military and intelligence, coordination, planning, and communication. He also gave the Taliban a list of Americans and allies in the country, thus signing their death warrant. In July, he was warned about the situation in Kabul. His answer: “I just want to talk about happy things, man”. What a dolt. He’s clearly got dementia and his cognitive abilities are slipping. Mark MilleyLloyd Austin, and the rest of them are buffoons who could mess up a wet dream.
Biden’s regime turned what should have been a tactical withdrawal into a chaotic disaster that cost the lives of 13 service members. He has disgraced us on a world-wide stage. Our enemies are laughing and our allies are shaking their heads.

If they had any decency they would resign; from Biden on down. But decency is not a Dem virtue.

This is typical of all the despicable shitstains in the Biden regime. Deny, spin, blame others, and claim ignorance.


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