It’s been nearly a week since the Biden administration wrapped up what many have characterized as a botched withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The effort left 13 U.S. service members dead in a single day, according to reports, and an unknown number of Americans remain stranded in a country now controlled by the Taliban.
While President Joe Biden is calling the withdrawal and evacuation a “success,” anger over the situation continues to bubble over in Washington — and Republicans aren’t holding back in their calls for accountability in the form of impeachment.
Among those calling for Biden to be forcefully ousted from office is Florida Rep. Brian Mast, a Republican who told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday that Biden needs to go.
“10,000 counts of reckless endangerment”
“Impeachment is absolutely something that should be considered,” Mast declared over the weekend, according to Breitbart. “I would say no less than 10,000 counts of reckless endangerment, all of the American lives over there. That’s the minimum. That is the real crime.”
The GOP lawmaker pointed out “that the Taliban is the sworn enemy of the United States of America.”
“We are still in the midst of the war on terror,” he added, “and as I said, I would absolutely consider the manipulation of intelligence, giving aid and comfort to the enemy. All three of those things are part of what meets the constitutional definition of treason.”
Mast went on to complain that the president is a “hollow” individual whose “decisions are empty” and “void of wisdom in their entirety.”
The congressman also suggested that Biden may be suffering from mental health problems that are preventing him from properly executing his duties as commander-in-chief.
“The most dishonorable thing”
Of course, Mast is not the first Republican to come out in favor of impeachment. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) made similar demands last week, as U.S. forces were completing their departure from Kabul.
“He knew that we were going to leave Americans behind, and I think he lied to us,” Graham told Fox News host Sean Hannity, according to the New York Post.
“I think there are hundreds, if not thousands, of Americans left behind,” the South Carolina senator added, “[and] tens of thousands of Afghans.”
A week earlier, the Post quoted Graham as saying that Biden should be impeached for “dereliction of duty.” Graham called the president’s actions “the most dishonorable thing a commander-in-chief has done in modern times.”