President Joe Biden has faced months of harsh criticism for his administration’s response to a number of domestic and international crises.
Amid a chaotic U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, however, calls for his impeachment appear to have become a mainstream theme among GOP lawmakers.
“Brings added risk to our troops”
The latest troubling development came on Thursday after a deadly explosion rocked the international airport in Kabul, leaving at least a dozen U.S. service members dead and leading to new questions about the president’s leadership.
House Republicans have already raised the prospect of impeachment, led by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who introduced articles last week that cited the Afghanistan debacle, among other perceived offenses.
Now, even a few senators are jumping on board. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), for example, called on Biden to accept responsibility for the “catastrophic failure” and resign from the presidency.
The president has been desperate to wrap up a massive evacuation effort in Afghanistan by a Tuesday deadline, warning earlier this week that “each day of operations brings added risk to our troops.”
“Neither the will nor the capacity to lead”
For his part, Hawley said that the development makes it “painfully clear” that Biden “has neither the will nor the capacity to lead” and “must resign.”
Similar assertions have been made by other Republicans on Capitol Hill — even among more establishment members of the party.
According to the New York Post, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) insisted that the president should be removed for carrying out what he dubbed “the most dishonorable thing a commander-in-chief has done in modern times.”
Those remarks came prior to the first deaths of U.S. service members in Afghanistan since February 2020. The president’s approval rating has already reached its lowest point of his term as thousands of Americans and allies remain stranded behind enemy lines.
Biden attempted to calm the backlash by once again shifting the blame to his predecessor, insisting at a press conference that it was former President Donald Trump who “made a deal with the Taliban” that led to the current unrest in Afghanistan.