New details released about father of fallen Marine who was arrested at the State of the Union Address

By Andy Wolf

The father of a US Marine who fell during the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan was arrested after criticizing President Joe Biden during the State of the Union Address.

Steve Nikoui, who is the bereaved father of Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, stood up during the address and shouted in protest of an incident the Biden Administration is not particularly proud of.

“Remember Abbey Gate!,” he shouted. “United States Marines!”

“Abbey Gate” refers to the airport checkpoint where Nikoui’s son and a dozen other service members were killed by a suicide bomber during the bungled withdrawal from Kabul on August 26, 2021— an incident that has cast a long shadow over the Biden presidency.

The 51-year-old was quickly cuffed by Capitol Police and whisked away.

Interestingly enough, Nikoui was released from custody with the help of Rep. Brian Mast of Florida, a former Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal soldier who was severely wounded in Afghanistan.

The Republican lawmaker —who represents parts of South Florida and the Treasure Coast— was seen with Nikoui as the latter was released.

Nikoui was Mast’s guest at the SOTU event and was appropriately bailed out by the Congressman.

The video of Nikoui’s release was posted by reporter Matthew Foldi of The Spectator.

Nikoui currently faces one charge of Misdemeanor Protest.

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  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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