President Joe Biden has faced calls for his removal from office since the earliest days of his term — but those demands are becoming louder and more widespread in the wake of a disastrous U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Now, several Senate Republicans have gone on the record to support the president’s immediate ouster, either through resignation, impeachment, or invocation of the 25th Amendment.
“It is enraging”
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is one such lawmaker, tweeting on Thursday that Biden — along with Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Ustin, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley — “should all resign or face impeachment and removal from office.”
Her harsh assessment came in the aftermath of a deadly terrorist attack near the Kabul airport that killed more than a dozen U.S. service members and temporarily halted an already chaotic evacuation operation.
The attack also prompted a similar backlash from Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO).
“To say that today’s loss of American lives in Kabul is sickening does not begin to do justice to what has happened,” he tweeted. “It is enraging. And Joe Biden is responsible. It is now clear beyond all doubt that he has neither the capacity nor the will to lead. He must resign.”
He followed that post up with a tweet that accused “Biden’s abject failure” of “costing American lives,” further asserting that the tragic circumstances were the end result of the president’s “catastrophic failure of leadership.”
“Tragic and inexplicable”
For his part, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made his thoughts on the subject known days earlier, citing both “duty” and “honor” in demanding that Biden secure the safe evacuation of Americans and allies out of Afghanistan.
If any such individuals are left behind following Tuesday’s deadline, Graham insisted that Biden should be impeached.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) raised the prospect of Biden’s removal via the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which would require Harris and a majority of Biden’s cabinet to declare that the president is no longer fit to govern.
“President Biden’s cabinet must put politics aside and act in the best interests of the American people,” he tweeted on Friday. “Biden’s tragic and inexplicable failures in Afghanistan defy logic. It’s time to consider the 25th Amendment.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who moved to impeach Biden on his second day in office, has recently submitted additional articles of impeachment in response to the Afghanistan debacle. Of course, any such move in the near term is sure to stall in the Democratic-controlled Congress.