‘I don’t know Beau’: Trump attacks Joe Biden as former vice president reflects on late son Beau Biden

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump attacked Joe Biden during Tuesday’s presidential debate when the former vice president mentioned his late son’s military service while referencing a recent story that reported Trump disparaged dead American troops. 

The former vice president was criticizing Trump for a report in The Atlantic in which he called service members who were killed in action “losers.”

“My son was in Iraq. He spent a year there,” Biden said, referencing his son Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015. “He was not a loser, he was a patriot and the people left behind there are heroes.” 

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Beau Biden served in the Delaware Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq in 2008, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.

But Trump pivoted to the Democratic nominee’s other son, Hunter Biden.

“Oh, really? Are you talking about Hunter?” Trump asked.

When Biden said he was talking about Beau Biden, who served as Delaware’s attorney general, Trump said “I don’t know Beau.”

“I know Hunter,” he continued. “Hunter got thrown out of the military… he was dishonorably discharged,” Trump claimed, without evidence. “For cocaine use,” the president continued.

— The Hill (@thehill) September 30, 2020

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“That’s not true,” Biden interjected.

Trump mischaracterized the Navy’s actions against Hunter Biden, falsely stating he was dishonorably discharged. Hunter Biden failed a drug test for cocaine a month after his commissioning into the Navy Reserve and was administratively discharged in 2014.

The younger Biden son, his father stated during the debate, underwent treatment and is overcoming addiction.

“My son, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem,” he said. “He’s overtaken it. He’s fixed it. He’s worked on it, and I’m proud of him. I’m proud of my son.”

Biden said that if Trump wanted to talk about families and ethics, they could talk about Trump’s family “all night.” 

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“Disgraceful deprecation of Beau Biden, an American hero,” American Historian Michael Beschloss tweeted in response to the exchange.

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Trump’s niece, Mary L. Trump, called her uncle a “traitor” and the move “disgraceful” in a post. 

Interrupting Vice President Biden’s comments about his son Beau to pivot to lies about Hunter Biden should alone totally disqualify Donald. What a disgrace. What a traitor.

— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) September 30, 2020

“Trump actually interrupted Biden praising his late son Beau’s heroic service in Iraq to scream about Hunter doing cocaine,” tweeted Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech and a former foreign policy spokesman for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Fred Wellman, senior advisor for veterans affairs for the Lincoln Project called the attack on Hunter Biden “beyond pale and another lie,” he said.

This wasn’t the only time family arose during the debate.

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Trump claimed the mayor of Moscow gave Hunter Biden $3.5 million, a claim PolitiFact examined and found to be “unproven.”

Hunter Biden’s role on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while his father led an international anti-corruption push in Kyiv under the Obama administration sparked a GOP Senate-led investigation that found no evidence of wrongdoing. Trump was impeached for pressing Ukraine’s president to investigate the Bidens but was acquitted by the Senate. 

Contributing: John Fritze

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