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While trying to console a family who had just lost their soldier daughter in a drone strike in Jordan last weekend, Joe Biden said that he can understand their pain because his son Beau died in Iraq.

Except he didn’t. The president’s son Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015. Biden has repeated this lie more than once.

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‘My Son Spent a Year in Iraq; That’s How I Lost Him’

Biden’s phone call to the grieving family started out as best it could given the circumstances, with news of a posthumous promotion.

The New York Post reports, “The 81-year-old commander-in-chief mentioned of his family tragedy into a call to Shawn Sanders and Oneida Oliver-Sanders, which was recorded by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.”

“During the Tuesday conversation, Biden said that Army Spc. Kennedy Sanders, 24, would be posthumously promoted to sergeant,” the Post noted.

The story continued:

“Oh wow, that is the best news I’ve heard today, thank you so much,” Oliver-Sanders said as she and her husband began to cry. “You don’t know how much that means to us.”

“Oh, well, I tell you what, it means a lot to me,” Biden replied before adding: “My son spent a year in Iraq; that’s how I lost him.”

Beau Biden died of brain cancer in May 2015 at the age of 46, nearly six full years after he returned from a seven-month deployment to Iraq. The president has previously explained that he believes exposure to toxic fumes from “burn pits” caused Beau’s fatal illness.

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Not the First Time Biden Has Said Beau Died in Iraq

This isn’t the first time the president has done this.

“This past August, Cheryl Rex, the mother of Marine Lance Cpl. Dylan Merola, who died in the Aug. 26, 2021, suicide bombing at Kabul’s international airport, recalled her interaction with the president,” the Post reports. “His words to me 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 recounted at a forum convened by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).”

The lives of American soldiers are more important than any election, but when the current president of the United States who is seeking another four years in office can’t seem to get this right, and his seemingly deteriorating cognitive ability continues to be an issue – at what point do you just stop doing this?

Maybe he can’t stop. Or maybe he does it on purpose. Which is worse?

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