President Joe Biden has received harsh criticism for his handling of various issues since taking office — most recently, over the fallout of a chaotic U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Now, some Republicans are actively campaigning for his impeachment.
“They’re coming after us”
As the New York Post reported, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made his case during an interview with Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity on Tuesday.
“This is dereliction of duty by the commander-in-chief,” the senator determined. “This makes it harder to fight future wars. Who’s going to help us in the future after we abandoned our friends in Afghanistan who fought bravely?”
He went on to assert that “al Qaeda and ISIS are coming after us,” thus increasing the risk of another 9/11-style terrorist attack.
“If you believe we’ve left Afghanistan and we’ve ended the war between the U.S. and radical Islam, you’re a fool,” Graham insisted. “They’re coming after us and Joe Biden has left us naked and blind in Afghanistan.”
He went on to criticize the president for apparently bowing to pressure from the Taliban in upholding an Aug. 31 deadline for complete troop withdrawal.
“We’re setting the table”
“There is no way in hell we get all the American citizens out,” Graham added. “We’re going to leave thousands of Afghans who fought along our side behind and we’re setting the table for the rise of al Qaeda and ISIS to attack us down the road.”
He asserted that Biden “has signed the death warrant” for Afghan citizens who have assisted U.S. troops over the past two decades, concluding that the president is “washing his hands of Afghanistan at our peril as a nation.”
For its part, the Biden administration has acknowledged that it does not know the exact number of Americans currently in Afghanistan.
In a tense exchange with Fox News Channel’s Peter Doocy this week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki denied that the U.S. citizens are “stranded,” going on to provide a phone number that Americans in Afghanistan can use to contact U.S. officials.
Graham is just one of the Republican lawmakers calling for Biden to either resign or be removed from office. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), for example, submitted articles of impeachment this week that cited, among other things, the ongoing Afghanistan debacle.