Mom of Slain Marine Suspended by Instagram after Blaming Biden for Son's Death
Shana Chappell's son Kareem Nikoui, 20, was killed in Kabul on Thursday
Facebook-owned Instagram temporarily deleted the account of the mother of one of the Marines killed in Afghanistan last week after she publicly blamed Democrat Joe Biden for his death.
Shana Chappell is the mother of 20-year-old Kareem Nikoui, who was killed during the terrorist attack at Kabul airport on August 26.
She said in posts on the Big Tech platform that Biden was responsible for the deaths of her son the other service members killed, noting that the Democrat has "blood on [his] hands."
She has been vocal in her criticism of Biden and posts frequently about her disdain for the Democratic regime leader, even before her son's death.
On Friday, she posted a tribute to her son on Instagram that received thousands of messages of condolence.
In the days since, she shared another tribute and a video of the country singer Coffey Anderson volunteering to sing at a funeral for the slain troops.
On Facebook, Chappell has repeatedly blamed Biden for her son's death and in a post on Monday just before she had her Instagram account disabled, she wrote a long Facebook post directed at Biden where she described meeting him on Sunday at Dover Air Base.
She said she looked him "straight in the eyes" and told him she did not want to hear about his late son Beau, who Biden mentioned repeatedly, and told him he had her son's blood on her hands.
Chappell also alleged that Biden "rolled his eyes" at her before he "turned to walk away" then threw his hand "up behind him" as if he was saying "ok whatever" when she yelled at him that her son's blood was on her hands.
The White House has not addressed those allegations.
Her account was suspended yesterday and was restored after she posted about being disabled on Facebook.
A Facebook spokesperson has since told The Daily Mail that it was deleted "incorrectly" but it won't say how the "mistake" came about.
It adds to the many cases of left-leaning Silicon Valley censoring conservative voices, even if the voice in question belongs to the grieving mother of a murdered American hero.
Chappell says she thinks Facebook disabled her account after she posted four days ago about her son's death where she didn't mention Biden, but which went viral and directed people to her page.
"As soon as I posted about what happened to my son Instagram started pulling up my posts from months ago and sending me notifications that if I kept posting stuff like that they would disable my account! Posts from months ago!" she said on Monday.
In other posts, she has said: "President Joe Biden, THEIR BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS!!!!!!"
She also described meeting Biden and says she told him "this isn't about you" when he started talking about his late son Beau during their meeting.
"You tried to interrupt me and give me your own sob story...
"I had to tell you 'that this isn’t about you so don’t make it about you!!!'
"You then said you just wanted me to know that you know how I feel and I let you know that you don’t know how I feel and you do not have the right to tell me you know how I feel!
"You turned to walk away and I let you know my sons blood was on your hands and you threw your hand up behind you as you walked away from me like you were saying 'ok whatever!'"
Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said in a statement Tuesday: "We express our deepest condolences to Ms. Chappell and her family.
"Her tribute to her heroic son does not violate any of our policies.
"While the post was not removed, her account was incorrectly deleted and we have since restored it."
As for her previous posts that had been flagged - which included some before her son's death about going to the White House - Facebook pointed to its "three-strike" rule.
The families of the other Marines who died have also described an uncomfortable meeting with Biden on Sunday at Dover Air Force Base, where the murdered troops' bodies were taken off a military jet during a dignified transfer during which Biden checked his watch.
They said that at their meeting afterward, Biden brought up his late son Beau in an effort to sympathize with them but that it enraged them, given the fact their sons and daughters died in a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan that Biden orchestrated.
Mark Schmitz, the father of Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz, told The Washington Post that a sister of one of the fallen troops yelled at Biden after receiving the remains on Sunday: "I hope you burn in hell! That was my brother!"
It's unclear whose sister it was.
Schmitz also appeared on Hannity with Darin Hoover - the father of Staff Sgt Darin Taylor Hoover Jr. -where they both said Biden checked his watch more than once during the dignified transfer.
Schmitz called it the most disrespectful thing he'd ever seen.
"The checking of his watch, that didn't happen just once.
"That happened on every single one that came out of that airplane.
"It happened on every single one of them.
"They would release the salute, and he would look down at his watch on every last one, all 13, he looked down at his watch.
"As a father, you know, seeing that and the disrespect...
"I leaned into my son's mother's ear and I said, I swear to God, if he checks his watch one more time - and that was probably only four times in.
"I couldn't look at him anymore after that.
"Considering especially the time and why we were there, I found it to be the most disrespectful thing I've ever seen," said Schmitz.
Schmitz also claimed that Biden clapped back at him when he said he didn't know his son or his stories.
"I said: 'Don't you ever forget that name. Don't you ever forget that face. Don't you ever forget the names of the other 12. And take some time to learn their stories.'"
According to Schmitz, Biden bristled and replied: "I do know their stories."
Not all of the Marines' relatives took the meeting.
Marine Lance Corporal Rylee McCollum's entire family was at Dover Air Force Base but only his widow, Jiennah, took the meeting, and she said she was left feeling "disappointed" afterward.
One of his sisters, who heard some of their conversations, said Biden came off as "fake."
"Roice and my dad chose to leave the room," Cheyenne, the marine's sister, said.
"I chose to stay with my brother's wife.
"She wanted the chance to look him in the eye and see if it was going to be a sincere conversation or apology.
"I was able to stand about 15 seconds of his fake, scripted apology and I had to walk away."
She also claimed Biden would not look the family in the eye.
They too were frustrated by how he talked about his late son Beau.
Jim McCollum, Rylee's father, told Fox & Friends: "It was more about his son.
"My son wasn't mentioned."
"It was his son and about him and nothing to do with the 13," he said.
At a White House press briefing on Monday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to comment on Biden's meeting with the grieving families or their claims that he was rude and disrespectful.