After enabling four years of the worst presidency in American history under Donald Trump, Republicans would do well to demonstrate a little bit of shame. Instead, they continue to pretend that Trump’s disastrous administration was some kind of unmitigated success while simultaneously launching every bad faith smear imaginable against President Biden.
Some right-wingers have even begun to call for Biden’s impeachment, citing his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal as dereliction of duty while conveniently ignoring the fact that Trump previously called for an even faster removal of American troops from the region.
Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City and current pro-Trump goblin, appeared on the right-wing outlet Real America’s Voice today to speak to Steve Bannon, criminal and former Trump campaign manager. During the interview, Bannon asked Giuliani about his thoughts on impeaching Biden over Afghanistan. Hilariously, Bannon specifically asked for Giuliani’s “reasoned opinion” on the matter. Giuliani hasn’t had a “reasoned opinion” in perhaps a decade.
Giuliani responded with a rambling, borderline incoherent spiel about Biden allegedly aiding enemies of the United States.
“You’re saying he aided and abetted our enemies and you’re saying it’s at least worthy of an investigation, a deep investigation on a number of charges,” said Bannon who himself slithered out of legal troubles when Trump gave him a presidential pardon. “Before I turn to another topic, however, I remember you and I used to have long conversations. This show started back in October of 19 as War Room: Impeachment right before we segued to the pandemic. I remember we would have you on many times and you warned the American people about the politicization and weaponization of the impeachment process.”
“And remember the whole trumped-up charges regarding President Trump and the first impeachment—which I think the second impeachment was even a bigger farce but the first was a pretty big farce—was essentially about the interagency process that President Trump did not kowtow as commander-in-chief to this Vindman interagency process with these whistleblowers, all this nonsense and you warned us about weaponizing the impeachment process for things just like this,” said Bannon.
Readers will recall that the Trump impeachments were far from “trumped-up” and both were right and just. The first time he was impeached it was over his corrupt attempts to leverage military aid to Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden. The second impeachment was over his role in inciting the deadly January 6th insurrection. Both incidents represented grave betrayals of his oath of office. It must be noted that Giuliani served as part of Trump’s legal defense team during the second impeachment.
“How would you weigh and measure that, your warning about the weaponization and over-politicization of it versus your charges against Joe Biden today for investigation?” Bannon asked Giuliani.
“I would rather not have an impeachment,” Giuliani said unconvincingly. “However, I think we’re dealing with a situation that just because the Democrats misused it, we can’t be denied the use of it when something is seriously harmful to the United States. Maybe even more serious is he should be removed under the 25th Amendment. The man is manifestly–”
“Yeah, but hold on. Okay, fine, I got 25th Amendment. Put it aside,” interrupted Bannon. “But what about the impeachment process and about the weaponization of it?”
“I think you have to do it,” Giuliani said. “This is serious enough so that an American president who… Maybe he’s doing it because he’s mentally incompetent but we don’t know that. And then he can defend himself that way. But the reality is I don’t think you can let an American president give away billions of dollars in dangerous armaments to a mortal enemy of the United States without taking note of it and doing something about it.”
Even if we make the mistake of taking Giuliani’s remarks as good faith, his argument for impeachment is preposterous. It’s not President Biden’s fault that the United States has been waging a losing war in Afghanistan for the past two decades. It was a bad situation and he made the wise decision to end our military engagement in the region. History will reflect well on his withdrawal.
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