Nicholas Haros Jr: 9/11 victim's son tells Biden to skip 20th memorial at Ground Zero
'I am demanding that President Biden do not show his face at Ground Zero on 9/11,' Nicholas Haros Jr said
The son of a September 11 World Trade Center attack victim has reportedly urged President Joe Biden to avoid attending the memorial on the tragic incident’s twentieth anniversary. Nicholas Haros Jr’s mother Frances Haros was killed on September 11, 2001, at age 76.
The president is expected to visit all three 9/11 memorial sites on the anniversary. Biden will reportedly travel with first lady Dr Jill Biden to ground zero in New York City, the Pentagon, and the memorial outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff will travel to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, for a separate event before joining the president at the Pentagon.
During an interview on ‘Fox & Friends’ on Monday, September 6, Haros Jr called President Biden the "killer-in-chief". He also said he showed a lack of compassion for the families of the 13 service members killed in Kabul.
Gold Star families who met with Biden at Dover Air Force Base have blamed him for the deadly bombing in Kabul. Some said he appeared "distant". Mark Schmitz, the father of Lance Cpl Jared Schmitz who was killed by the bomb in Afghanistan, was bothered by how Joe Biden talked about his own son Beau Biden.
Schmitz said that Joe Biden bringing up his own son while his son died in Afghanistan was “too much” to bear. “I respect anybody that lost somebody,” Schmitz said in an interview, “but it wasn’t an appropriate time.”
Earlier, Kathy McCollum, mother of 20-year-old Lance Corporal Rylee James McCollum, one of the 13 US service members who were killed on August 26 slammed Biden. She said, “That feckless, dementia-ridden piece of crap just sent my son to die.”She added, “ I wanted my son to represent our country, to fight for my country. But I never thought that a feckless piece of crap would send him to his death and smirk on television while he’s talking about people dying with his nasty smirk.”
Haros Jr, in a similar vein, criticized Biden. “I am demanding that President Biden do not show his face at Ground Zero on 9/11. It is now holy ground and I really don't think he has a place there,” he said. “It's shameful for him, I think, to use the dead bodies as a political prop for his so-called victory lap. He is insensitive and he shows no compassion to the families.”
“No Joe, no victory, we are now in the Afghanistan War 2.0,” he further said. “Those resurrected victims kept America safe from harm all those years. Biden must not dishonor their grace and patriotism. He has none. Interesting because on Saturday Judge Jeanine called the president a liar-in-chief. Today I call out Biden as the killer-in-chief. 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." This is not the first time Haros Jr has attacked a Democratic leader in the context of the September 11 attacks. In 2019, during the 9/11 Memorial and Museum ceremony in New York, Haros Jr slammed Ilhan Omar, the Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district.
He wore a black T-shirt with the words "Some people did something" as he read a list of victims' names, including his mother's. "Today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom. Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done," Haros Jr said. "There is no uncertainty about that. Why your confusion?"
His comments are a reference to Omar, who said while speaking about the Muslim community's resilience in the face of discrimination that "[Council of American-Islamic Relations] was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties."
"On that day, 19 Islamic terrorist members of al Qaeda killed over 3,000 people and caused billions of dollars in economic damage. Is that clear?" Haros Jr. said. "But as to whom, I was attacked. Your relatives and friends were attacked. Our constitutional freedoms were attacked. And our nation’s founding on Judeo-Christian principles were attacked. That’s what some people did. Got that now?"
"We are here today, congresswoman, to tell you and the squad just who did what to whom. Show respect in honoring them, please. American patriotism and your position demand it. For God and country, amen," Haros Jr. said.
In response to Haros Jr.'s comments, Omar said, “In my speech, I was talking about how our civil liberties as Muslims were being eroded after the horrific attacks of 9/11. … I think there is a particular bias and a certain lens that people critique the words I use. And that is not a bias or a lens that I can get rid of with one answer, with one conversation."
“To some people, it’s easy for them to not think of me as an American, as someone who would not have the same feelings as they did as we were being attacked on American soil," Omar continued. "And that is really the essence of the conversation I was having. We felt the attack—we were attacked.” In 2018, while reading names at the September 11 commemoration, Haros Jr asked politicians to "stop using the bones and ashes of our loved ones as props in your political theater.”