The latest explosion in Afghanistan has put even more scrutiny on President Joe Biden’s failed withdrawal of U.S. troops. Thirteen members of the military have been reported dead and that number is expected to grow.
In recent days, member of both parties of have scrutinized Biden, criticizing him for what they call a “poorly thought out plan” to leave Afghanistan. Now, one of the Senate’s leading Republicans is calling for Biden to be impeached. (Story continues below.)
“I think he should be impeached,” Sen. Lindsey Graham told Newsmax. “I think Joe Biden deserves to be impeached because he’s abandoned thousands of Afghans who fought with us and he’s going to abandon some American citizens because he capitulated to the Taliban to a 31 August deadline.”
Sen. Graham is not the only one calling for Biden to leave.
“Should Biden step down or be removed for his handling of Afghanistan?” said former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. “Yes. But that would leave us with Kamala Harris which would be ten times worse. God help us.”
Republicans point out that Trump was impeached for a lesser offense than stranding Americans and letting a terrorist group take over an entire nation within a few days.
“If President Trump can be impeached over a phone call, then the time has come to IMPEACH Biden for gross negligence in Afghanistan,” said Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas. “Americans deserve better. We deserve better than someone who willfully IGNORES the WORST crisis in decades.”
Nonetheless, while impeachment is highly political at the Congressional level, an actual impeachment trial in the Senate would need to prove high crimes and misdemeanors. To undo the results of an election, the bar is quite high — and, it’s unlikely that incompetence and poor planning could be used as a reason to impeach a President.
That said, polling shows that voters themselves have little tolerance for recent events. Polling for President Biden found 55% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s job performance.
“President Joe Biden’s administration is not doing enough to get Americans out of Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover of that country, according to a majority of voters,” Rasmussen said Tuesday. “A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the Biden administration is not doing enough to evacuate Americans from Afghanistan. Twenty-eight percent (28%) say the Biden administration is doing enough to rescue Americans. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure.”