Do not for a second make the mistake of thinking the Republican attacks on President Joe Biden over his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan are being made in good faith. From Donald Trump Jr. to Senator Ted Cruz, the usual far-right creeps have come slithering out of their holes to act as if Biden has perpetrated the greatest crime against America in history.
It is, of course, perfectly fair to criticize the White House for the chaos currently unfolding in Kabul and a full postmortem of what went wrong and why will be necessary at some point, but conservatives don’t genuinely care about this issue. Right-wingers supported Donald Trump’s call to pull U.S. forces from the region and the former president himself previously criticized Biden for not withdrawing on a faster timeline. Withdrawal was always going to be a messy, tragic affair and Republicans are exploiting the fallout from a war they started for cheap partisan hits.
Some particularly unscrupulous GOP officials are going so far as to suggest that Biden should be impeached or resign over the Afghanistan situation. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is using the crisis to renew her calls for removing the president from office and last week Senator Lindsey Graham suggested that Biden could be impeached for “dereliction of duty” over Afghanistan.
Now, more Republicans are adding their voices to the growing impeachment/resignation cacophony. Rep. Byron Donalds (FL) released a statement demanding that President Biden “resign immediately” over the Afghanistan withdrawal.
Donalds claimed the president has “abdicated his responsibilities and duties entrusted to him,” a far more apt description for how Donald Trump conducted himself in the White House. Absurdly, Donalds accused Biden of having “lost the complete and total confidence of the American people,” a blatantly false accusation given the fact that Biden still has a higher approval rate than Trump ever managed to secure.
The statement rambles on a bit more before reiterating that Biden should “resign immediately.” Donalds is engaged in nothing but partisan hackery here. One can disagree with President Biden, but to suggest that the lawful exercise of his Constitutional powers as commander-in-chief is somehow a cause for resignation is laughable. These Republicans are grasping at straws.
GOP Rep. Byron Donalds: “President Joseph R. Biden must resign immediately.” pic.twitter.com/52lP723eS6
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) August 23, 2021
The Biden White House is doing its best to extract all Americans and allies from the region, but there are no perfect outcomes in war. The president made the decision that he believes was in the best interests of the United States and that’s what we elected him to do as commander in chief. You can disagree with it, but it was his prerogative to make such a call under the powers invested in him by the Constitution. To say that he should be impeached for exercising his rightful powers is to show how little you actually understand the Constitution.
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.