President Joe Biden’s surrender to the Taliban in Afghanistan has ignited a firestorm with even normally reliable allies questioning his purported mastery of foreign policy as well as raising the unthinkable idea that America might be better off if Kamala Harris took over.
The stunning fall of Kabul to the radical Islamic militants clearly caught the administration completely off-guard as images of a desperate evacuation from the country to escape the coming repression have inflicted a major blow on American credibility throughout the world.
Biden’s disappearing act during the crisis was inexplicable for a U.S. president and even though he eventually did interrupt his vacation at Camp David for a brief statement on Monday afternoon, his refusal to take questions from reporters gave the impression that something just isn’t right with the “leader” of the free world, causing some to suggest that he should be replaced.
One who thinks that it may be time to pull the plug on this fiasco is Republican Senator Rick Scott of Florida who even before Biden emerged from hiding took to Twitter to wonder whether the POTUS is even “capable of discharging the duties of his office” and whether it is time to use the 25th Amendment to remove him before he does any more damage.
After the disastrous events in Afghanistan, we must confront a serious question: Is Joe Biden capable of discharging the duties of his office or has time come to exercise the provisions of the 25th Amendment? https://t.co/l1bFrUdZH9
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) August 16, 2021
The use of the 25th Amendment was often invoked as a way to remove former President Donald J. Trump from office, an idea that had widespread support on the left and was championed by Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, among others.
Notably, Pelosi herself introduced a bill last year to make it easier to remove the president from the chain of command, at the time insisting that it was not about Trump but rather the continuity of government.
However, sending Biden into retirement is easier said than done, as Reuters journalist Jan Wolfe points out.
It would require “the support of VP Harris, a majority of Biden’s cabinet, and two-thirds of the House and Senate,” he tweeted, a difficult task for sure but the support of the ambitious Harris would practically be a slam dunk.
This would ultimately require the support of VP Harris, a majority of Biden’s cabinet, and two-thirds of the House and Senate. It’s never happened before, and for good reason.
— Jan Wolfe (@JanNWolfe) August 16, 2021
Some Harris supporters are salivating over the idea as “VP Harris” and “Kamala” are trending on Twitter with lunatics hoping she’ll become POTUS:
So they want president Harris and VP klobuchar huh?
— NewDemocrat4Life (@reesetheone1) August 16, 2021
The media is working overtime to Demonize VP Harris. It is what they do best.
— Unstable Niece (@doeshecook) August 16, 2021
But Harris is also trending on Twitter for another reason, she was a huge part of Biden’s horrific decision, one that will reverberate well into the future and could embolden America’s enemies.
Watching Biden officials and their partisans (neocons + liberals) try to claim this withdrawal was Trump's plan is shamelessly deceitful.
Trump did want to leave Afghanistan. But Biden spent the year boasting that it was his choice and plan. Kamala leaked that she was key to it. pic.twitter.com/rngZEvrgGO
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) August 16, 2021
In an April appearance on CNN’s “State Of The Union,” Harris boasted about being the “last person in the room” for Biden’s major decisions including the one to withdraw from Afghanistan that resulted in the current human rights disaster in Kabul.
On Monday, Harris was quick to defend herself, tweeting that getting out of Afghanistan was the “right decision” despite the coming carnage as the Taliban takes control and seeks revenge against those who worked with the previous government, they are helpless now that Biden and Harris have abandoned them.
For two decades, our courageous servicemembers put their lives on the line in Afghanistan. We will always be grateful—and proud.
Ending U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan is the right decision.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) August 17, 2021
The best thing Biden may have going for him is Harris herself, a polarizing figure who could be much worse and whose own veep could end up being Pelosi.
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