A handful of Republican officials led the charge early on in President Joe Biden’s term to pursue impeachment over various perceived offenses.
That chorus has grown substantially louder in recent days, however, particularly in light of the deadly terrorist attack near the international airport in Afghanistan’s capital city.
The explosions in Kabul on Thursday left at least a dozen U.S. service members dead and others wounded, according to reports. Unrest and chaos have defined the city and nation amid the disastrous U.S. troop withdrawal orchestrated by the Biden administration.
In addition to calls for impeachment, a number of GOP lawmakers have also indicated their desire to see Biden resign or face removal under the Constitution’s 25th amendment.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) made her case in a tweet asserting that Biden — along with Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley — should “resign or face impeachment and removal from office.”
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) offered a similar statement accusing Biden of “gross negligence” in Afghanistan and calling for his impeachment.
For her part, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) argued that Americans have “no confidence” in the president anymore and urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to “immediately begin impeachment proceedings.”
“God help us”
Others who have called for Biden’s impeachment following Thursday’s attack in Kabul include Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), who blamed the deaths of U.S. Marines on the president’s “incompetence,” and Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-TN), who cited the “disastrous withdrawal” in arguing for Biden’s removal from office.
Of course, it was Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) who beat all other Republicans to the punch.
Not only did she filed articles of impeachment last week in regard to the botched pullout from Afghanistan, among other things, but she previously launched an impeachment effort on the first day of Biden’s term in office.
Former Republican South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, however, provided some insight into why some in her party might not want to see Biden removed, explaining: “Should Biden step down or be removed for his handling of Afghanistan? Yes. But that would leave us with Kamala Harris which would be ten times worse. God help us.”
Although any impeachment attempt is unlikely to gain traction in a Democratic-controlled House, it seems increasingly likely that the GOP will redouble its efforts if the party wins back control in next year’s midterm elections.