President Joe Biden told the mother of Tyre Nichols, who was brutally beaten to death by five police officers, that he could relate because he “lost his son in a war.”

“I lost my son in a war,” Biden said as part of a 10-minute call he made Friday afternoon.

“That did not happen,” national radio host Todd Starnes said, noting that Beau Biden died of a brain tumor in 2015 — not the war in Iraq or Afghanistan.


Biden doubled down on his comments to reporters afterward.

“I spoke with Tyre’s mother and expressed my condolences,” Biden said. “I told her I had some idea of what that loss is like and although it is impossible to believe now, a time will come when his memory brings a smile before a tear.”