It was not long ago that former President Donald Trump called on President Joe Biden to “resign in disgrace” over his handling of the crisis in Afghanistan, and new remarks from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have upped the ante even further, with the powerful lawmaker now calling for the formal impeachment of the commander in chief, as journalist Kyle Becker reports.
During a recent appearance on Newsmax, Graham was asked by host Rob Schmitt about growing discussion of whether the president ought to be impeached over what many view as his colossal failures in managing the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and the attendant evacuation mission.
Schmitt began, “A lot of people throwing around the ‘impeachment’ word with the president right now, what do you make of that?”
Graham pulled no punches in response, saying “Me too, I think he should be impeached,” adding, “I think this is the most dishonorable thing a commander in chief has done, maybe in modern times.”
“So, here’s what I think. I think this is a dereliction of duty at the highest level. I think Joe Biden deserves to be impeached because he’s abandoned thousands of Afghans who fought with us, and he’s going to abandon some American citizens because he capitulated to the Taliban 31 August deadline,” Graham asserted.
Graham’s remarks to Newsmax represent something of a crescendo in his take on the issue, which until very recently was somewhat more tempered in tone. Last Friday, the senator appeared on Fox & Friends and suggested that if Biden disregarded the fact that America is “duty-bound” to evacuate Americans from Afghanistan and “honor-bound” to aid allies stuck in the country, then impeachment should be on the table.
“If we leave one American behind. If we don’t get all those Afghans who stepped up to the plate to help us out then Joe Biden, in my view, has committed a high crime and misdemeanor under the Constitution and should be impeached,” Graham claimed.
Things had clearly escalated for Graham by Tuesday of this week when, during an appearance on Hannity, he seemed to acknowledge that Americans and allies would indeed be left behind due to Biden’s declared adherence to the Aug. 31 deadline, and that, in his opinion, the president would not “get away with it, politically,” and that “there will be an uprising at home.”
If there was any lingering doubt in the minds of Graham and others currently calling for the president either to resign or be removed, it seems likely that the bloody terror attack in Kabul on Thursday that left 13 American service members dead will have removed it and that the political peril now facing the president and his party will, justifiably, only increase.