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'Biden is not a Gold Star father and should stop playing one on TV



President Joe Biden (seen left with First Lady Jill Biden in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday) should stop invoking his late son Beau Biden as a way of deflecting criticism of his handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush wrote. 'Mr. Biden is not a Gold Star father and should stop playing one on TV,' William McGurn wrote last week in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal. McGurn wrote that Beau Biden was deployed to Iraq and worked as a military lawyer. Beau died of brain cancer that the president believes was caused by exposure to toxic chemicals at burn pits in Iraq. Biden's invoking of his late son to justify his decision to remove soldiers from Afghanistan was out of place because Beau Biden did not die in combat, according to McGurn. 'Mr. Biden is not a Gold Star father and should stop playing one on TV.' McGurn's criticism of Biden comes as The New York Times was blasted by Twitter users for a headline which read: 'Biden, Still Grieving His Son, Finds That Not Everyone Wants to Hear About It.' In response to the online backlash (inset), the Times ended up changing the headline to: 'In Invoking Beau, Biden Broaches a Loss That's Guided His Presidency.

 

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