President Joe Biden has received bipartisan criticism in the wake of a chaotic U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan that has resulted in tens of thousands of Americans and allies being stranded during a violent Taliban takeover.
The debacle has also prompted a growing number of GOP officials to call for the president’s removal from office.
“Time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace”
According to the Washington Examiner, several high-profile Biden critics say if he does not voluntarily resign he should be impeached or removed through the mechanism provided in the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
After Democrats spent years attempting to secure former President Donald Trump’s removal from office through various means, many Republicans are now saying that his successor is actually guilty of offenses rendering him unfit for the job.
In addition to dozens of GOP lawmakers, a number of conservative pundits — and even Trump himself — are now clamoring for Biden’s ouster.
“It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he allowed to happen to Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in COVD, the Border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy,” Trump declared.
One report by the Tampa Free Press noted that the fall of Afghanistan’s capital city earlier this month resulted in similar statements by elected officials including Reps. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), and Byron Donalds (R-FL).
Other GOP proposals
As for the 25th Amendment, which provides a process by which a sitting president can be removed and replaced if he or she is determined to be physically or mentally incapable, at least a few GOP lawmakers have also raised that possibility.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) addressed the topic in a tweet on Monday and has since been joined by Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), the former White House physician who has increasingly questioned Biden’s cognitive abilities.
Other Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), have suggested that impeachment should be on the table if the Biden administration is unable to evacuate all Americans and allies from Afghanistan.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is taking that argument further by presenting articles of impeachment that cover the Afghanistan withdrawal, the border crisis, and Biden’s unilateral extension of a federal eviction moratorium.
Of course, party leaders are notably more restrained, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) explaining that if his party reclaims control of the House, members “would move impeachment” if it is determined that the Biden administration committed any “illegal action.”