The fathers of two US Marines who were killed in the Kabul Airport blast last week appeared on Hannity on Monday night to discuss the ultimate sacrifice their sons made.
Mark Schmitz paid tribute to his son, fallen Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz, saying “Jared has exemplified so much that any man could ever strive for and made me so proud to watch him undertake this endeavor in going into the Marine Corp”.
Schmitz chose to meet with President Biden last week to discuss the tragic loss of his son and speaking about his discussion with Biden told Hannity that it “didn’t go well”. Schmitz expressed his disappointment in Biden by saying that the president talked more about his son (the late Joseph “Beau” Biden III) in the meeting than they did about his own son. He made clear that this “didn’t sit well” with him.
Utah Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, who was due to return home on September 13th to marry his fiancé Nicole, was also one of the 13 service members who lost their lives in the Airport attack. His father, Darin Hoover, told the Hannity program that his loss “is the absolute worst feeling in the world” adding that the 13 lives lost “are all heroes that died beside their brothers and sisters doing what they wanted to do – defend this country”.
Hoover, who elected not to meet with the president, said that his family didn’t want to deal with Biden and didn’t want him “anywhere near us”. Adding to this, he expressed anger at the president for appearing to check his watch as the remains of the Afghanistan fallen were landed on home soil. He added, “that didn’t just happen once, that happened on every single one (coffin) that came out of that airplane. They would release the salute and he would look down and check his watch on every last one, all thirteen”.
Schmitz also laid into Biden saying that “it was the most disrespectful thing I’ve ever seen”.
Schmitz and Hoover both echoed Hannity’s sentiments that the loss of life seen in Afghanistan was preventable as the US had intelligence that the Taliban were insurgent.