President Joe Biden has faced mounting criticism over his chaotic U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
A number of prominent Republicans have gone so far as to call for Biden to be removed from office — including U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), who suggested he should be impeached for treason.
“Actually a real crime”
According to the Daily Wire, the combat veteran turned congressman said he “absolutely” believes an impeachment inquiry is warranted in response to the president’s botched Afghanistan policy.
Mast, who lost both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan, offered his take during a recent Fox News Channel interview with host Jason Chaffetz, a former GOP congressman from Utah.
Asked where he stood on the growing Republican calls for Biden to be ousted from the White House, Mast replied: “Impeachment is absolutely something that should be considered. I would say no less than 10,000 counts of reckless endangerment — all of the American lives over there, that’s the minimum, which is actually a real crime.”
The Florida Republican went on to reference reports that Biden attempted to persuade now-exiled Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to portray the troop withdrawal as a success as well as evidence that the White House manipulated its own intelligence for public consumption during negotiations with the Taliban.
“We know for a fact that the Taliban is the sworn enemy of the United States of America,” he added. “We are still in the midst of the war on terror, 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.”
“This man appears to be schizophrenic”
Of course, Mast acknowledged that any such effort to remove Biden would be unlikely to gain traction given the current Democratic majority on Capitol Hill.
Nevertheless, Mast described Biden as someone fundamentally unfit for the office, asserting that he is “hollow” and his “decisions are empty.”
The congressman also accused Biden of revealing “a naivete to the aggressors he’s dealing with,” suggesting that there could be deeper underlying issues at play.
“Maybe there is an element of dementia there that we might hear about in years to come,” Mast added. “But I would say at a minimum: This man appears to be schizophrenic with the statements that he’s making in front of one camera and the way that they’re directly changing in front of a camera on a different day, or the day after that, or what his members of his cabinet are saying. There’s definitely got to be schizophrenia there.”
As for the reports that Biden called Ghani with a request to provide a misleading depiction of the situation in Afghanistan, it might seem ironic for the Democratic Party to continue supporting the president after leading an effort to impeach former President Donald Trump over an allegedly inappropriate conversation with a foreign leader.