Mom of dead Marine says Biden lied to her about son's death in Afghanistan

By Jen Krausz on
 August 9, 2023

A Gold Star mom whose son was one of the 13 Marines who died in Afghanistan during President Joe Biden's disastrous pullout told Congress on Monday that Biden lied to her about his death.

"I was told to my face, he died on impact. That's not true. The only reason that I know this is because witnesses told me the truth," Kelly Barnett claimed about her son, Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover. "I was lied to and basically told to shut up."

"He lived for a little while…he was giving out his ammo. He tied a tourniquet at around his leg. I don't understand the reasoning of that lie," Barnett said. "It makes no sense other than the fact that, did they really even do an investigation? Did they talk to witnesses? I don't know."

Hoover's father Darren Hoover addressed Biden directly in his comments, saying, "Be a grown a** man. Admit to your mistakes. Learn from them so that this doesn't happen ever, ever again."

He told Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Mark Milley, and Biden, "You all need to resign immediately. Our sons, daughters have more integrity in their little toes than every one of them combined."

A Defense Department spokesperson's statement on the Gold Star families' testimony just repeated disingenuous talking points: "The Department of Defense expresses our deepest condolences to the Gold Star Families who lost loved ones during the tragic bombing at Abbey Gate. We are forever grateful for their service, sacrifice, and committed efforts during the evacuation operations. We also commend the historic and monumental efforts of all our service men and women who served honorably during the withdrawal period from Afghanistan."