Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley on Thursday called on President Joe Biden to resign after at least 13 U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan.
“We must reject the falsehood peddled by a feckless president that this was the only option for withdrawal,” Hawley said, according to “The Hill.” “This is the product of Joe Biden’s catastrophic failure of leadership. It is now painfully clear he has neither the will nor the capacity to lead. He must resign.”
A number of other Republican politicians joined Hawley, including Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee. She issued her demand in a tweet, also calling for the resignations of Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley. The GOP senator argued that the president and each of the named administration members “should all resign or face impeachment and removal from office.”
Her tweet came minutes after another post in which she noted that Biden “pledged a forceful response against any attack on U.S. service members. He must follow through on his word make these terrorists pay.”
Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, on Thursday confirmed the deaths of the U.S. service members, as well as injuries to possibly dozens of others, in two suicide bombings around the Kabul airport McKenzie added that the blasts at the airport, where U.S. forces for days have been working to evacuate thousands of U.S. citizens and Afghan civilians, were carried out by ISIS fighters. Multiple media reports noted later Thursday that a branch of ISIS that operates in South Asia and Central Asia officially claimed responsibility for the attacks
Earlier this week, Republican Rep. Byron Donalds (Fla.) called on Biden to “resign immediately,” citing a “botched withdrawal” from Afghanistan. House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) also have said that Biden is unfit to hold office.
On Tuesday, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) said in an interview on Newsmax that Biden “should be impeached,” adding that he had “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.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice