Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst has a message for President Joe Biden: It’s time to go.
Biden has come under criticism for a host of controversies that erupted in his first months in office, including the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and America’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.
It’s that last issue that Ernst keyed in on this week in an interview with “Breitbart News Sunday.”
But Ernst doesn’t blame the military. Rather, she pointed the finger at Biden.
“I can’t point the finger at anybody that was serving in Afghanistan, because I think they were providing their best military advice through the chain of command, all the way up to the top,” Ernst told host Joel Pollack. “Our president, Joe Biden, is one that chose not to follow their best military advice.
“He’s the one that gave that order,” she added. “He’s the one that needs to go.”
Referring to the 13 American soldiers who died in a terror attack in Kabul in August amid the chaos of the withdrawal, Ernst said, “We have 13 dead Americans because what the president did.”
Biden’s actions have served to effectively cheapen the sacrifices that American servicemen and women made over the past 20 years, she said.
“We’re going to continue digging into what happened [with] this withdrawal [and] how this occurred,” Ernst said.
“We spent 20 years in Afghanistan, all for naught, except that these wonderful men and women that have served in Afghanistan and Iraq have kept our country safe for two decades. I know they’re disheartened to see it fall. I am, too, and we want to thank them for their service, but certainly what Joe Biden has done is thrown that away,” the Iowa Republican asserted.
The disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan was a debacle of the president’s own making. pic.twitter.com/8lnWg0N8xp
— Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst) October 3, 2021
As the leader of America’s military, Biden needs to take responsibility, she added.
“It falls on the president’s shoulders,” Ernst said. “He is the commander-in-chief. He did give lawful orders. You can’t disobey lawful orders, but I would say that these political appointees need to go.
“They need to come out. Secretary [of State Antony] Blinken is one that I think needs to be held accountable. He continues to tell us that we’ve only got a hundred Americans left in Afghanistan, and yet we have plane loads of Americans coming out of Afghanistan every week. Sounds like we should have all Americans out of this point, but we know that’s not true.”