Joe Biden, while speaking in Colorado on Wednesday, near the popular skiing destination city of Vail, claimed his son Beau “lost his life in Iraq.” The problem with that statement is it’s a complete lie.
The President’s son Beau did die in 2015, but not from a battle in Iraq. Beau passed away after a battle with glioblastoma, the same kind of brain tumor that the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ) succumbed to when he passed away in August of 2018.
While telling a story about how soldiers who trained at Camp Hale had learned to ski and to scale rock formations, skills they would ultimately use to defeat the Nazis in Europe, Biden referenced his late son Beau.
“American soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division scaled that 1800-foot cliff at night, caught the Germans by surprise, captured key positions, and broke through the German defense line at a pivotal point in the war,” Biden said. “Just imagine, and I say this as a father of a man who won the Bronze Star, the conspicuous service medal, and lost his life in Iraq. Imagine the courage, the daring, and the genuine sacrifice — the genuine sacrifice they all made.”
According to the Daily Wire, President Biden’s son Beau joined the Delaware National Guard in 2003, and served in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, deploying to Iraq for a single year in 2008. Beau died 7 years later in the United States.
The reason for the reference was due to the fact that President Biden has speculated in the past that toxins arising from burn pits — which are used to incinerate waste in forwarding operating areas — may have played a role in causing his son’s cancer.
“Because of his exposure to burn pits — in my view, I can’t prove it yet, he came back with stage four glioblastoma. Eighteen months he lived, knowing he was going to die,” Biden said in a 2019 speech.
It’s not clear or confirmed if burn pits did in fact cause Beau’s cancer, but one thing’s for sure, the President’s son did not lose his life in Iraq as Biden falsely claimed.